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Man due to be sentenced over lottery scam bid

Farrak Nizzar is due to be sentenced today Photo: MEN

A shop worker from Manchester who attempted falsely to claim a £1 million lottery prize belonging to a pensioner couple will be sentenced.

Farrakh Nizzar told Maureen Holt, 77, she had won nothing when he scanned the EuroMillions ticket at a convenience store in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

He told her he would throw the ticket away 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.

Nizzar, 30, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation last month in a hearing at Oldham Magistrates' Court.

The defendant, of Woodlands Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Former Royal Navy engineer Mr Holt and his wife were later confirmed as the genuine ticketholders and have collected their windfall.

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