Wednesday 17 January 2018

EuroMillions 'winner' spends €4,000 on shopping spree before realising she had wrong numbers

A French court has ordered the woman to repay the money she owes
A French court has ordered the woman to repay the money she owes

David Kearns

A Frenchwoman rang up a €4,000 bill during a shopping spree after ‘winning’ big on the EuroMillions only to discover she had the wrong numbers.

The woman (46) has been ordered to pay back the tab after attempting to avoid paying for the goods because she was “embarrassed” by her mistake.

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Within hours of her ‘big win’, and over the course of three weeks in February and March 2014, the woman, who has not been named because of France’s strict privacy laws, splashed out some €4,000 on perfumes, clothes, jewellery, and a designer handbag.

French media reports the woman, believed to live in the Doubs district in eastern France, only realised she had not won the lotto when her family grew concerned about her spending habits and checked the numbers themselves.

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Rather than own up to the mistake, the woman dug herself a deeper hole and claimed her handbag, containing many of her purchases, was stolen and that she did not have any cash or debt cards to pay for the items.

Having initially denied a charge of fraud, the woman later admitted to the shopping spree after she was shown CCTV footage of herself shopping by police.

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"I was too afraid and ashamed," the woman told l'Est Republicain, who reports a French court gave the 46-year-old a four month suspended sentence on the condition she pays the money owed.

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