The Princess Anastasia of lottery searches

Like the search for the missing Princess Anastasia after the Russian Revolution, all kinds of folks are crawling out of the woodwork making up unlikely and convoluted stories. Susanne Hinte, 48-year-old grandmother of four, had an interesting tale to tell to the National Lottery. She brought a heavily-damaged UK Lotto ticket to the official lottery offices and claimed that she had accidentally washed the ticket in a pair of jeans.

The organisation was immediately suspicious as all the details like the barcode, draw date, ID number, and raffle number were washed out, but the winning numbers could be clearly seen. Camelot officials said that if they really suspected Hinte was telling the truth, the first line of action would have been to request the CCTV footage from the store where the ticket was claimed to be purchased. This footage was not requested, which shows that Camelot already knew that the store in question was not where the winning ticket was sold. The store clerk has his doubts however, saying that he remembers Hinte coming into the store and purchasing the ticket — but that doesn’t mean she purchased the winning ticket.

Soon after Hinte’s claim, it was revealed in the media that she is accused of t theft and due for trial on 1 March of this year. She also has tried to claim £200 on a “winning” damaged scratchcard. Was the excuse the washing machine? No, the culprit was a wayward puddle that time around.

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