Money should be BOTH of them, says woman who sold warring exes a £1million scratch card

THE shop assistant who sold a £1 million scratch card to feuding exes says CCTV is backing the case to split it 50/50.

The Nisa employee said she clearly remembered regulars Michael Cartildge, 39, and Charlotte Cox, 37, coming in and buying two tickets.

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Charlotte Cox dumped Michael Cartlidge shortly after he won a £1 million lottery prize, telling him he was not entitled to the moneyCredit: Louis Wood
Michael is now fighting ex Charlotte over his share of the jackpot

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Michael is now fighting ex Charlotte over his share of the jackpotCredit: Louis Wood

And she claimed the store’s CCTV footage picked up Michael showing her his phone, supporting his claim that he was trying to transfer cash to cover the purchase.

The assistant thinks it is only fair to share.

She said: “I’m not on anyone’s side. I like them both. But I honestly believe the money should belong to both of them.

‘How can you live with yourself after robbing half a million? I know I couldn’t do it.”

The couple are embroiled in a bitter dispute over the jackpot, with security engineer Michael claiming he is entitled to half.

Waitress Charlotte dismissed his claim that he was trying to send cash as nonsense – and was deemed the sole winner of the bumper payout after dumping him.

The shop assistant in Spalding, Lincs, said the couple usually bought drinks but on the fateful Friday in October they were bare.

“I know it was her bank account that paid for it, but morally it should be 50-50.”

Michael

She recalled Michael trying to send the money to pay for the two £5 Dice Towers games.

The assistant said: “I joked: ‘You don’t have the money!’. But he said, ‘Yes, I have. It’s this damn signal right here.’ Then he held the phone up to her and it was the spinning wheel.

CCTV footage of their visit was taken as part of an investigation by lottery bosses into the row. It was said that Michael showed his phone to the store clerk.

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She is also said to have made a statement to Lincolnshire Police.

But new lottery owner Allwyn ruled that Charlotte was the rights holder as her name was on the back of the card.

Michael claimed the couple discussed buying a house with the winnings.

But three weeks later he was evicted from mother-of-one Charlotte’s home.

She told The Sun: “I bought the ticket. He did not transfer the money to me.”

Michael claims he suggested the pair go to the Nisa store next door to buy some £5 scratch cards

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Michael claims he suggested the pair go to the Nisa store next door to buy some £5 scratch cardsCredit: Louis Wood
Michael and ex-waitress Charlotte before their divisive and bitter battle for victory

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Michael and ex-waitress Charlotte before their divisive and bitter battle for victoryCredit: Louis Wood
Michael claimed he was then stunned when Charlotte asked him to leave “out of the blue” through a friend

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Michael claimed he was then stunned when Charlotte asked him to leave “out of the blue” through a friendCredit: Louis Wood
Charlotte told The Sun last night: 'I bought the ticket.  He didn't transfer the money to me.

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Charlotte told The Sun last night: ‘I bought the ticket. He didn’t transfer the money to me.”

IT’S GAME OVER FOR JACKPOT PARTNERS

By Rachel Dale

There is a long history of couples breaking up after big lottery wins.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford won £148 million at the EuroMillions in 2012 before splitting 15 months later.

The pair, who lived in Haverhill, Suffolk, at the time, cited the pressure of their huge win as part of the reason.

Kirk Stevens and girlfriend Laura Hoyle won £10,000 a month for 30 years in the 2021 Set for Life draw.

Laura was living with him for free in Hucknall, Notts, when Kirk suggested she pay £25 a week into the Lotto instead.

That certainly paid off, but the next year she dumped him, moved to a nice new house and cut him off from the loot.

Teachers Gerry, 71, and Lisa Cannings, 55, won £32.5million in 2016 and vowed to remain ‘Mr and Mrs Boring and Normal’. But the Lincs couple split four years later and now have new partners.

Other Lotto jackpot splits include Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Notts, who won £40.6 million in 2012.

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