A British woman is in a legal dispute over whether she is entitled to a lottery prize of £10 ($18) or £1 million ($1.8 million).
Joan Parker-Grennan has sued Camelot, operator of the country’s National Lottery, insisting it is “bound” to pay her a $1.8 million prize.
The company disputes her claim and said it is only liable to pay $18.
The latest part of the dispute is being overseen by a judge at the High Court in London, the Independent newspaper reports.
On Tuesday, the court was told Parker-Grennan had played online after buying an Instant Win Game ticket on August 25, 2015.
Camelot said that “at the point” she purchased her ticket, its computer system predetermined her prize to be £18.
But the court was told that between August 25 and 26 2015 there had been a “technical issue” which could result in “different graphical animations” being shown on some players’ screens.
Two numbers with a prize of $18 were displayed Parker-Grennan’s screen with a message congratulating her on winning $18.
But the court heard that two other matching numbers – with a designated prize of $1.8 million – also appeared due to the technical issue.
Parker-Grennan said there should be summary judgment in her favour because Camelot cannot win at a trial.
Lawyers for Camelot said there is a “real prospect” of the operator winning at a trial, and her application should be dismissed.
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