French threesome caught in lottery scam

Two Parisian shopkeepers and another man have been arrested by French police for allegedly scamming £23.9 million (€35 million) from the rightful winner of the Euro Millions lottery.

Police believe the shopkeepers realised they had sold the winning ticket on May 11 when a man came in to see if he had won and then kept the ticket for themselves, telling the man that he had lost.

It is alleged that they then gave the winning ticket to another man. The accomplice then posed as the winner and later transferred over £20 million into the shopkeepers’ account. This alerted the mans bank, who then informed the police.

Thierry Herzog, lawyer for La Francaise des Jeux, the French lottery authority, said investigators had tracked down the real winner, who is said to be a regular customer in the shop where he bought his ticket, and that everything would be done to guarantee he would collect his rightful winnings.

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