Manchester Shop Work Admits £1M Lottery Con

1 August 2012, 12:48 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

An Oldham shop worker has admitted trying to claim a £1 million lottery prize after conning it out of an old woman.

Farrakh Nizzar told great-grandmother 77 year old Maureen Holt, she had won nothing when he scanned her EuroMillions ticket at a convenience store in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

He reportedly told her he would throw away the ticket but then later phoned a lottery hotline to say it was he who had bought the lucky jackpot ticket from the store.

His con unravelled when it was discovered that it had been purchased on Mrs Holt's Tesco Clubcard at a Tesco Extra store in the town, rather than at Best One Convenience Store in Watersheddings Street.

Mrs Holt and husband Fred, 80, were on holiday when the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle draw which matched their numbers was made in June.

20 year old Nizzar, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on Tuesday, a court official at Oldham Magistrates' Court confirmed.

He’s been remanded in custody before his sentencing later this month.

All players of the National Lottery prize draws are encouraged to sign the back of their tickets and check if they have won before presenting them at shops.