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Man wins a million on scratchcard while doing Saturday shopping

1/8/2011
A Wigan man won £1 million on a scratchcard before attempting to cash it in at the supermarket where he bought it.

The Tesco Express customer, who looked to be in his mid-thirties, hastily left the store on the morning of Saturday 30 July after being told by staff that they couldn’t pay out such a sum over the counter. The man did not give his name or any indication of his identity.

Meanwhile, a worker at a different Wigan shop has been jailed for six months after admitting to stealing £14,000 worth of scratchcards from her employers. Teenager Hayley Forshaw – who was 17 at the time of the offence – stole 600 cards a week from Family Stores in Pemberton over a six-month period, cashing the winning ones.

Her colleague, 53-year-old Kathleen Thompson, also admitted stealing scratchcards from the shop but was only given a community punishment order, much to the anger of the members of Forshaw’s family present at the trial at Bolton Crown Court.
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