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By Ben Hooper, UPI

A Scottish couple said their $75.5 million winning lottery ticket was initially ripped in half and thrown out by a clerk who thought it was a dud.

Fred and Lesley Higgins, who collected their EuroMillions winnings from operator Camelot this week, told officials that Fred, 67, took their ticket from the July 10 drawing to a store in Aberdeenshire to check if it was a winner.

"I handed the ticket over and the young man put it through the machine, telling me it wasn't a winner," Fred Higgins said. "He ripped the ticket in two and threw it into the bin, as they would with all non-winning tickets."


Higgins said the ticket was retrieved when the machine then printed out a message.

"The terminal produced a chitty which said I needed to retain my ticket and call Camelot," he said. "The retailer immediately grabbed it out of the bin and handed it to me.
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Camelot officials said they performed checks on the ticket including reviewing CCTV footage from the store to verify the ripped ticket, which bore the numbers 3-8-26-33-45 with the Lucky Star numbers 7 and 10.

"I wasn't ever concerned that we wouldn't get the money as I knew it was an honest mistake -- it just had to be looked at to make sure everything was correct," Higgins said.

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