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Shopkeepers steal winning lotto ticket

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Three people are being held in France over a £22m scam in the Euromillions Lottery.

Those arrested include two Paris shopkeepers, who are said to have duped a customer out of the winning 33m euros ticket.

Police believe the couple, who own a tobacco store in the French capital, realised they had sold the winning Euro Millions ticket on May 11.

When a man came in to check whether he had won, they gave false numbers, and kept the ticket themselves.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1272571,00.html

Good news for the victim, le police tracked down the true winner and the euro-lottery paid the man the full whack (20 million quid). The news story doesn't seem to explain why on earth did the man give them his ticket in the first place!!!?? I know they said he had the wrong numbers but wouldn't you get suspicious if the shopkeeper said you hadn't won but asked to 'keep hold of your 'worthless' ticket for you?

Sorry about the rant, just jealous....
 
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The winning numbers are published in locations where tickets are sold as well as all over the press. If any do come up, even for small amounts, then that is published in the relevant vendor's premises. Suppose they "forgot" to stick up the poster....
 

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