Teen misses out on £178m EuroMillions prize by falling one digit short each time

A teenager was one digit away a staggering seven times from banking £178 million in the EuroMillions jackpot.

Tayla Octave, 19, was stunned by her rotten luck when she checked her lucky dip ticket for last Friday's mega draw.

Each of the marketing apprentice's numbers were either one too big or small than the winning sequence – including the Lucky Stars.

Instead of packing in her job and buying her family a home with the £178 million was in touching distance of, Tayla was left heart-broken.

The winning row of numbers were 04 12 25 46 48 — 07 12 but the teenager from south east London had 5, 13, 24, 45, 49 — 06 11, the Sun reports.

Tayla told the paper: "I'm just gutted. It's a long shot to win the lottery anyway but to be so close is heart-breaking.

"At first I just saw I hadn't won anything but then I went through and compared them side by side and that's when I realised that every single number I had was just one away from the winning ones.

"That sort of money would be life changing and I started to think about what I would have done with it all."

She only started playing the EuroMillions a few weeks ago with her sister but has dreams of booking a luxury Maldives holiday and buying a family home and tackling homelessness in London.

Tayla did at least come out of the draw with £2.80 thanks to another one of her entries on Friday matching two numbers.

Dr Marton Balazs, Associate Professor in Probability at Bristol University, said the odds of winning the jackpot are more likely than Tayla's result of being one digit away from every winning number.

No-one landed the massive £178 million on Friday meaning a £180 million rollover jackpot is up for grabs this week.

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