Four lotto players may have torn up million-pound tickets following an extraordinary blunder by draw bosses.
Camelot put the WRONG numbers on their website for 40 minutes – a mistake which could have led to potential winners throwing away their tickets thinking they hadn’t won.
The incorrect Millionaire Raffle numbers were published on the Lotto website for between 30 and 40 minutes on Saturday October 10.
Camelot insisted they made the blunder known publicly “some time ago”, but in appeals to track down the missing millionaires issued last week there was no mention of the mistake.
Instead bosses said they had the “champagne on ice” and urged players to “check the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa – someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune”.
A message on the Camelot website said: “For a short time on the night of the draw our website displayed a test screen of dummy Lotto Millionaire Raffle numbers.
“So we’re asking all players to check and re-check their tickets against the codes below to see if there is a £1m cheque waiting for you.”
Camelot re-launched their raffle draw on October 10 and in a bid to attract more players vowed to make 25 punters millionaires.
But the mistake has sparked a nationwide search for anyone who thinks they may have accidently discarded their ticket.
Ticket holders who think they may have won but have lost their tickets normally have 30 days to make a claim, which means they have only eight days left.
It means potential winners are facing a race against time if they are to claim their prizes.
The missing winning tickets were bought in Leeds, Worcester, Tameside, near Manchester, and Huntingdonshire.
Explaining how the blunder happened, a Camelot spokesman said: “It was a simple human error, unfortunately. We are making every effort to find these people.
“We have a process for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets. If someone thinks they have lost their ticket they can make a claim within 30 days.
“To make a claim they need to contact Camelot in 30 days. They have nine days left to claim.
“They need to state details of where they purchased the ticket and the numbers they think they used and the name of the shop where they bought it.
“We will have a record of where they purchased the ticket on our central gaming system.
“Anyone who thinks they may have winning ticket for this draw needs to contact us as soon as possible.”
Camelot say they handed out more than £4billion last year – with a tiny £100m going unclaimed.
Any unclaimed prizes are given to good causes and charities.
The raffle draw makes two guaranteed millionaires each week, with the potential for many more to scoop a seven-figure sum from the lottery draw.