by Renee Israel
A 77 year old great-grandmother was left stunned last week when Camelot
workers turned up on her doorstep and told her that she might be the winner of a
seven digit lottery prize.
The news was even more surprising since Maureen Holt had already checked the
EuroMillions lottery card at her corner shop and had been told that it was not a
It turned out that a worker in the corner shop, Farrakh Nizzar told Holt that
her scanned ticket showed no wins, even though a scan on the lottery machine
confirmed that her numbers had won the draw eight days earlier.
As soon as Holt left the store, Nizzar called UK National Lottery operator
Camelot and said that he had the £1 million winning lottery ticket.
Camelot Picks up on Lottery Fraud Attempt
Camelot's sharp eyes, however, soon picked up on the fact that things were
not matching up. Nizzar told them that he had purchased the ticket at the store
where he worked in Oldham, where in fact it had been purchased at a Tesco store
in the town.
Using the contact details on Holt's Tesco Clubcard which she used to purchase
the lottery ticket, Camelot was able to trace the true owner, while CCTV proved
that she had bought the ticket.
Nizzar soon realised that the rope was tightening and went on the run, before
being arrested by the police. Charges of fraud by false representation were
brought against him and he will be sentenced this week.
"I thought he was a nice young man," said Holt after the hearing. "He knew me
and my husband by name. He would ask after my daughter. I still feel sorry for
him that he's done it. Everyone calls him Lucky but he wasn't lucky this time."
The owners of the store said that they grew suspicious after Nizzar started
speaking about buying a new car and revealing that he had won the lottery.
After investigators turned up at the store, the owners approached him and
asked him if the ticket was really his. "He swore on the Koran and on his mum
and dad's life it was his ticket," said one of the owners.
Winner's Husband can Finally Retire
Maureen Holt's Camelot lottery prize couldn't have come at a better
time. Her 80 year old husband can finally retire from his job in a security
firm, something which he has been unable to afford to do.
The couple have seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren and will no
doubt be very busy spoiling their offspring with their newfound EuroMillions