Shop Worker Jailed For Lottery Fraud
A shop worker from Manchester has been jailed today for 30 months after trying to claim someone else’s million pound lottery ticket. Farrakh Nizzar, 30 – known to his friends as Lucky – tried to claim the UK Millionaire Raffle prize after 77 year old Maureen Holt entered his store and asked for the numbers of her ticket to be checked to see if she was due a prize. Nizzar had replied that the ticket was not a winning one and said he would dispose of it for her, despite the raffle code showing that Mrs Holt was due a £1 million prize from the draw in June.
Nizzar then contacted the National Lottery hotline to say he had bought the winning ticket from the store he worked in. However, his con unravelled when it was discovered that the ticket was bought from a Tesco Extra store on Mrs Holt’s Clubcard, not from the Best One Convenience Store in Watersheddings Street, Manchester, as Nizzar had stated. Nizzar later admitted the charger of fraud by false representation after he was cornered with the information.
Camelot’s spokesperson said that claimants of big prizes undergo several security procedures to validate ownership of the ticket prior to the prize being paid out, which is how Nizzar’s fraud was uncovered. In a statement, they went on to say “The success of the National Lottery is built on player trust –and the sentence handed down to Mr Nizzar provides clear evidence that Camelot will not allow that trust to be undermined in any way.” Detective Constable Carnally, who worked on the case, added, “Nizzar’s actions were at best foolish, and at worst, extremely cruel.”
Mrs Holt is said to be relieved the case is over, and looking forward to receiving a letter Nizzar is understood to have prepared for them.
To avoid lottery scams like this, players are strongly advised to check their numbers themselves thoroughly before visiting a shop to have the numbers confirmed, and to never allow anyone else to dispose of their ticket. Here at Lottery.co.uk, we provide an automatic ticket checker for the UK Lotto, Euromillions, Millionaire Raffle, Thunderball and the Health Lottery, so if you are in doubt as to whether or not you are a winner, try checking online here first.
Written by Tony SharpeMonday 20th August 2012
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