A STUDENT claims he’s the “unluckiest lad in Britain” after missing out on a whopping £14million EuroMillions jackpot – because he bought the wrong winning lottery ticket.
Rossi Carmina, 23, bought a ticket on January 3 after a pal said he “seemed a lucky person” – but he was disappointed when the National Lottery app revealed he hadn’t won a penny later that week.
But when he swiped to check the winning numbers, he was stunned to find every number matched.
To his horror, Rossi then realised he had entered the January 7 EuroMillions draw rather than the January 4 one which matched his numbers – meaning his “winning” ticket was actually worthless.
The app showed the winning digits for January 4’s draw – 18, 28, 35, 36, 41, 06 and 11 – directly below Rosario’s identical saved numbers.
Rossi said if he had have bought a ticket for the following day’s draw instead of entering the January 7 rollover he would be £14,189,900 richer – admitting he feels like “the unluckiest lad in Britain”.
The freelance artist claimed his numbers were selected at random and saved on the app from when he chanced his arm with some draws last year.
Rossi’s brother shared the screenshot of the agonising near miss on Twitter.
Many people told how they “couldn’t live with themselves” if they had made the same mistake.
He claimed he’s now learning to accept the “near-impossible” events as “fate” and has been forced to block out dreams of how he would have retired, bought a Ferrari and his mum a new house.
Rossi, from Bromley, south east London, said: “It’s lucky to have the chance for the numbers to match but to not buy the ticket is the complete opposite. You feel like the most unlucky person in Britain at the time.
“It hit home in the next two days. I was contemplating all the things I could have done. I could buy my mum a new home and buy a Ferrari. It’s hard not to think about. I’d have been set for life.
“One of my friends randomly made a comment on January 2 saying ‘you seem like quite a lucky person, you should do the lottery’. I laughed it off but then decided to redownload the app.
“I saw I had numbers saved there so I bought a ticket for January 7 with those numbers. When the time came I checked and I hadn’t won anything.
“I saw you can look at previous numbers and I saw that my numbers had matched. I was confused, so I called up [The National Lottery] to ask about it but she didn’t really understand.
“If I bought it on the 5th instead of the 7th I would have matched it perfectly. If I bought the right ticket, I would have won £14 million just a few days after my friend said I was lucky.
“I’ve tried to forget about it because I think that’s the best way to go about it. I don’t want to live my life thinking about what could have been.
“There’s been so many comments saying ‘I couldn’t live with myself’, but I’m alright. It’s happened, what can I do. It might have been fate.”
Rossi admits the “crazy coincidence” has made it hard to concentrate on his uni deadline this month – but he hasn’t been put off entering the lottery in future and will still buy a ticket “every so often”.
And he denies claims he edited his numbers in the app to make it appear he’d been unlucky.