14/08/2014 12:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum-To-Be Missed Out On Share Of £28 Million Lottery Win - Because She Was Off Work With Morning Sickness

Mum-to-be missed out on share of £28 million lottery win - because she was off work with morning sickness

If you think you're having a bad day, spare a thought for mum-to-be Louise Whitby.

She was forced to take the morning off work with morning sickness on the same day her co-workers were collecting for their office syndicate – and as a result she missed out on a share of a £28.8million lottery jackpot.

The win – the 16th biggest in the history of Euromillion – was shared between 10 employees, and meant that Louise was the only one who turned up for work the next day!

Angry Louise, 31, said: "That money will never buy them happiness. I considered them my friends, but I can never speak to them again."

Ten staff an A4E office in Kirkby, Merseyside, were reported to have won last Tuesday night's rollover draw, although they had chosen to stay anonymous.

Now pregnant Louise has hired a solicitor to try to claim a share of the fortune. She said she has been part of the syndicate for two years.

She had asked a colleague to put in her £2 stake. The winners - who are believed to have quit their jobs after their numbers came up - pocketed nearly £2.9million each.

Louise, from Liverpool, added: "I've paid into that syndicate every week for the past two years, but last week I was off work with morning sickness.

"When I came back in this week, I said I still wanted to pay in, but they said I should just buy some lucky dips with the money instead. Now they've won it, they've said I can't have a penny - it's unbelievable.

"I was away because I'm pregnant with my first child, it doesn't get worse than that. I don't think I can face working there ever again."

After the win an A4e employee tweeted: "In recruitment hell....all our staff in Liverpool office have left after winning lottery."

An A4e spokesman said the company did not want to comment.