Swiss man is declared a millionaire in a lottery on live television… but seconds later the prize is taken away after organisers blamed a TECHNICAL ERROR
- Andreas Bürkli’s name was pulled out of a drum on lottery show in Switzerland
- The prize was for a million Swiss francs (£800,000) on the TV show Happy Day
- But the lotto prize was then taken away with operators blaming a technical error
A Swiss man was declared a millionaire in a lottery on live television – only for the prize to be taken away with organisers blaming a technical error.
Andreas Bürkli’s name was pulled out of a drum and read out by German singer Herbert Grönemeyer on the television show Happy Day.
But lottery operator Swisslos later had to apologise and explain to the ‘winner’ of a million Swiss francs (£800,000) that a mistake had been made due to technical problems.
A Swiss man was declared a millionaire in a lottery (pictured) on live television – only for the prize to be taken away with organisers blaming a technical error
Ten lots had been entered into a final draw in the hope of winning a million Swiss francs.
In the television lotto, the names of potential winners could be seen on a rolling screen behind the presenter.
All ten potential winners needed to be ready by their phones in the hope of being picked out.
But when some were not contactable, confusion broke out and a lotto official mistakenly put 11 lots into the drum manually, the BBC reports.
When Mr Bürkli’s name came up, Grönemeyer called his number – but he did not answer either.
Swisslos said that an error had occurred amid a ‘hectic rush’ with extra names added into the drum. In the event, the extra name had been drawn out.
An official from the organisation said Mr Bürkli had taken his misfortune well and appeared to have been a ‘good sport’.