Hundreds of people are claiming to be the owner of a U.K. national lottery ticket worth $47 million.
A woman from the town of Worcester first claimed the prize on Saturday, saying that the ticket was damaged after being washed, while left in a pair of jeans, reports the BBC.
Since then, hundreds of people from Worcester have come forward saying their ‘winning’ tickets are lost, damaged or stolen.
“Given the interest in the missing £33m [$47 million] ticket-holder, we have received hundreds of claims of this nature” a spokesperson for the lottery body, Camelot, told the BBC. “All of these are currently being considered on a case-by-case basis, and we will follow up with all claimants directly to advise them whether their claim will be investigated further.”
Camelot did conform the winning ticket was from Worcester but they have retainned other information about the time and location of purchase.
The disputed amount comes from half of a $94 million jackpot. A couple from Scotland won the other half of the prize.
- Meet TIME’s Newest Class of Next Generation Leaders
- After Visiting Both Ends of the Earth, I Realized How Much Trouble We’re In
- Google Is Making It Easier to Remove Personal Info From Search
- Oil Companies Posted Huge Profits. Here’s Where The Cash Will Go (Hint: Not Climate)
- Column: We Asked Hundreds of Americans About Abortion. Their Feelings Were Complicated
- A Short History of the Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Marcos Family
- Long-Lasting Birth Control Is Already Hard to Get. Advocates Worry It May Only Get Worse
- Who Should Be on the 2022 TIME100? Vote Now