UK Woman Files Suit Against Camelot for Withholding £1m Lottery Prize

  • Claimant thought she’d won £1m ($1.2m) when playing a national lottery game online in 2015
  • Parker-Grennan claimed there should be a summary judgement in her favor against Camelot
  • Camelot allegedly emailed Parker-Grennan blaming a technical glitch for displaying the £1m
Royal Courts of Justice, London
Almost eight years after she thought she’d won £1m ($1.2m) playing online lottery, a woman is suing Camelot for only agreeing to pay her £10 ($12.33). [Image:]

A woman from the English town of Boston in Lincolnshire is suing the outgoing operator of the UK National Lottery over a £10 ($12.33) winning ticket payout she believes should amount to £1m ($1.2m).

The latest stage of this eye-catching case in which Joan Parker-Grennan, 53, is suing Camelot National Lottery played out in a High Court hearing in London on Tuesday.

The Hon. Mr Justice Jay presided over the hearing in which the plaintiff argued for a summary judgement in her favor. Parker-Grennan stated that Camelot was “bound” to pony up the £1m she allegedly won from playing the £20 Million Online Spectacular in August 2015.

a technical “glitch” had caused the screen to display the £1m figure

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Camelot informed Parker-Grennan via email that a technical “glitch” had caused the screen to display the £1m figure. Instead, the operator informed the plaintiff that she had won just £10. Camelot’s lawyers contend that the operator is only liable to pay the “outcome of the ticket as predetermined” by Camelot’s computer system.

In January, the UK Gambling Commission gave Allwyn Entertainment the go-ahead to acquire Camelot after it won the tender for the UK national lottery in September 2022, bringing Camelot’s 28-year reign as the lottery’s operator to an end.

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