Lotto teenager was out of luck

Refused lottery ticket: Becky Melvin with the birth certificate she produced to Morrisons staff.  Photo: SG261011-452NG
Refused lottery ticket: Becky Melvin with the birth certificate she produced to Morrisons staff. Photo: SG261011-452NG
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COWBIT girl Becky Melvin (16) ran out of luck when she tried to buy a £2 Lottery ticket for her mum at Morrisons in Pinchbeck.

An assistant refused the sale, saying Becky didn’t look 16, but the teenager was then refused a second time only moments later when she went back to the counter with her birth certificate.

Becky’s mum, Val, said they had the birth certificate with them because Becky had just opened a bank account for 16 to 18-year-olds with Santander.

Mrs Melvin said: “I went over to the assistant and I asked her for a lottery ticket for myself and she refused me. This same assistant has sold me many lottery tickets in the past.”

But mother and daughter say they had the last laugh.

Mrs Melvin explained: “To prove a point my daughter went over to the Xbox 360 games in the store, picked up a game with 16+ age on the box and purchased it – no questions asked.

“We both went over to the customer service desk and I asked the assistant why my daughter could buy this game and not a lottery ticket. She just said ‘it’s the law’.

“We then asked for a refund as my daughter only purchased it to prove a point.

“Why would I put my daughter or myself through an embarrassing situation if she was not old enough to buy a lottery ticket? I cannot believe I was accused of breaking the law. All I can say is thank you to Sainsbury’s who sold my daughter a lottery ticket that night and have done so in the past with no questions asked.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “Photo ID is required as proof of age. The mother was not allowed to buy it as we believed it to be a proxy purchase – the ticket was being bought for an individual who could not prove her age. We are required by law to police the sale of lottery tickets and take our responsibility seriously.”