A MUM given £5,000 of scratchcards instead of perfume in a parcel mix-up handed them back untouched.
Honest Alice Lynn, 23, called National Lottery HQ to ask what to do.
Honest Alice Lynn gave back untouched £5,000 of scratchcardsCredit: Maverick Photography
The call handler said she did not know and joked she should scratch them all.
But despite saving for a house deposit, Alice took them to the Spar where they were meant to go. Staff thanked her but gave no reward.
Alice then bought a scratchcard — and lost.
She said: “I’d ordered two bottles of perfumeonline. I opened the box and there were packets and packets of scratch cards, 14 in all.
“It came to more than 3,000 cards, some for £1, then £2, £3 and even £5. All I could think was my package label must have got stuck on the cards’ box which was meant for the Spar.
“My mum said, ‘Just scratch them I don’t think anyone will know’. Then, I asked my postman dad.
“I was worried if I didn’t return them the delivery driver might lose his job for something that wasn’t really his fault.” Office administrator Alice added: “I rang the Lottery and the woman said it might be a help if I took them to the shop. But then she shocked me by saying, ‘If it was me I would have scratched the lot!’”
A Spar worker took them but just said, “Ta, I’ll tell the boss.”
A National Lottery call handler joked Alice should scratch them all
Alice, of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, has been saving for a home with partner Liam Ologbose and ten-week-old daughter Darcie.
She added: “I did the right thing but there’s a part of me that thinks I could have been a millionaire.”
Camelot said last night: “We’d like to thank Alice for her honesty.”
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