EuroMillions: Grandma who was the winner for 10 minutes returns to the damp apartment

MARGARET DE MICHELI FROM LONDON WHO WAS TELLED SHE WON A BIG PRIZE IN THE NATIONAL LOTTERY BY MISTAKE. PICTURE BY SIMON JONES

Margaret De Micheli, 72, was devastated after finding out the National Lottery had made a mistake (Image: News Group Newspapers)

A grandmother was overjoyed after being told she was a EuroMillions winner – but was devastated to discover this wasn’t true, forcing her to return to her damp and moldy London flat.

Margaret De Micheli, 72, was dreaming of her hard-working husband retiring and having a home by the sea when she was handed a slip by a shopkeeper to confirm she had won one in the March 29 drawing prize – with a jackpot of £34m.

But her fantasies of a better life were dashed when she was advised to recheck numbers at her local Tesco in Swiss Cottage.

It was then confirmed by the National Lottery that it was all a mistake and it wasn’t their lucky day.

“I was stunned,” she said. “I asked why I got the claim ticket and she said the person in front of me [is probably who the claim slip was meant for]. It was a bit disappointing and I was quite disappointed.

The pensioner – who thought she was rich for a total of 10 minutes – says she wasn’t expecting millions but “maybe £25,000 or so”.

MARGARET DE MICHELI FROM LONDON WHO WAS TELLED SHE WON A BIG PRIZE IN THE NATIONAL LOTTERY BY MISTAKE. PICTURE BY SIMON JONES

Margaret dreamed of retiring to the sea with her husband (Image: News Group Newspapers)

MARGARET DE MICHELI FROM LONDON WHO WAS TELLED SHE WON A BIG PRIZE IN THE NATIONAL LOTTERY BY MISTAKE. PICTURE BY SIMON JONES

She thought she was rich for a total of 10 minutes until she found out the truth (Image: News Group Newspapers)

MARGARET DE MICHELI FROM LONDON WHO WAS TELLED SHE WON A BIG PRIZE IN THE NATIONAL LOTTERY BY MISTAKE. PICTURE BY SIMON JONES

Margaret says there’s no point in crying over split milk and still buys EuroMillions tickets (Image: News Group Newspapers)

She told The Sun she has high hopes that her “tired” older husband, 78, will finally be able to retire.

He is forced to get up at 3:30 am to work a full day as a traffic cop as the couple has to pay utility bills for their home.

Margaret said, “It’s very, very difficult. We would like to move from the apartment to the sea.

“I think Poole in Dorset is a place my husband would like to go to. I’ve now managed to brush all the mold off the windows.”

However, the near-lottery winner says there’s no point in crying over split milk and has moved on.

Still buying EuroMillions tickets, she says, “I know it’s my turn.”

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