Oldham shop worker claimed customer's £1m lottery prize

Maureen and Fred Holt
Image caption The Holts plan to spend the money on their family

An Oldham shop worker who tried to claim a £1m lottery prize won by an elderly customer has admitted fraud.

Farrakh Nizzar, 30, of Woodlands Road, Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, told Maureen Holt, 77, she had won nothing when he scanned her ticket.

Oldham Magistrates Court heard that Nizzar later tried to claim the EuroMillions jackpot himself.

But the scam unravelled when checks were made by lottery operator Camelot. Nizzar will be sentenced on 20 August.

The checks revealed the winning ticket was bought at a Tesco Extra in Oldham, where Mrs Holt had used her Clubcard, and not the Best One Convenience Store in Watersheddings Street where Nizzar worked.

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

Shop suspended

The couple told the BBC they were relieved the case was over and that they would be getting the money.

They added that they planned to stay in their current home and spend the cash on their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Camelot spokesman advised people to check if they had won before presenting their tickets at shops, but added that all claimants had to go through several security procedures to validate the ticket and determine whether they were the rightful owner.

The shop involved has been suspended from selling National Lottery tickets, pending an internal investigation, he said.

"Camelot takes matters of propriety very seriously," the spokesman added.

"We are committed to investigating allegations made against any retailer selling National Lottery tickets - such allegations are very rare."

Det Insp Danny Inglis, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "We have worked very closely with Camelot throughout this investigation and will continue to do so during the remainder of the judicial process."

Nizzar, who admitted a charge of fraud by false representation, will be sentenced at Manchester Minshull Crown Court.

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