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A Facebook selfie cost a woman her $825 Melbourne Cup win

Posted on the 11th of November 2015

A Facebook selfie cost a woman her $825 Melbourne Cup win

It was Melbourne Cup Day on the 3rd of November in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Cup is an annual Australian horse racing event. It is the most famous and prestigious Thoroughbred horse race that takes place every year on the first Tuesday of November. Chantelle had placed a few bets on a number of horses, and couldn’t believe her luck when Prince of Penzance won the 2015 Melbourne Cup. The odds were 100 to 1, winning Chantelle $825. That’s when Chantelle took to her Facebook page and posted a selfie of herself holding up the winning ticket with the caption reading; “Winner winner chicken dinner!” The problem was that the ticket’s barcode was clearly visible in the photo. When Chantelle went to collect her winnings, she was told that the money had already been picked up. It seems that one of Chantelle’s Facebook friends made use of the barcode in the selfie to collect the money. Angry and disappointed, Chantelle made the following Facebook post; “To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You’re a massive d***. You ruined my day.” Chantelle has since contacted the police who are trying to find the person who claimed her winnings.

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