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Lottery liar jailed

20/8/2012
A shop worker who attempted to claim a customer’s £1m lottery prize has been jailed for 30 months.

After telling 77-year-old Maureen Holt that her EuroMillions ticket wasn’t a winner, Oldham convenience store employee Farrakh Nizzar later phoned a lottery hotline to claim the money, stating that he had bought the winning ticket in his shop, the Best One Convenience Store.

However further investigation revealed that the lucky ticket had actually been purchased at the local Tesco Extra store using Mrs Holt’s Tesco Clubcard.

Nizzar, 30, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation in a hearing at Oldham Magistrates' Court last month. The defendant had been remanded in custody ahead of today’s sentencing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Mrs Holt and her 80-year-old husband Fred have now received their money.

The next EuroMillions draw takes place on Tuesday 21st August, with the estimated jackpot currently standing at £27m for players matching all five numbers and two lucky stars.
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