Shopkeeper who told 81-year-old his EuroMillions ticket was a loser is jailed for 28 months


Shopkeeper who told deaf 81-year-old his EuroMillions ticket was a loser so she could steal his £130,000 win is jailed for 28 months

  • Narendra Gill, 52, stole Frank Gowland’s winning ticket at her shop in Leeds 
  • Police caught her out after Camelot hear her serving customers on the phone 
  • She admitted theft and fraud and was jailed at Leeds Crown Court yesterday


A shopkeeper who told a pensioner his £130,000 EuroMillions ticket was a loser so she could steal the cash has been jailed.

Narendra Gill, 52, swiped the lucky dip ticket from retired delivery man Frank Gowland, 81, after checking it at her shop in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Mr Gowland did not realise he’d won the prize with his ticket — which had five winning numbers and one Lucky Star — until police told him it was stolen.

Staff at Camelot, which runs the lottery, caught her out when they heard her try to check out the ticket on the phone while serving customers at her GT News shop.

Narendra Gill, 52, who told retired delivery man Frank Gowland, 81, his £130,000 EuroMillions ticket was a loser so she could steal the cash has been jailed. Pictured: Gill's GT News shop in White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds

Narendra Gill, 52, who told retired delivery man Frank Gowland, 81, his £130,000 EuroMillions ticket was a loser so she could steal the cash has been jailed. Pictured: Gill’s GT News shop in White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds

She admitted to working at the now-closed shop in White Rose Shopping Centre but claimed she was gifted the ticket and had no idea where it was bought.

Camelot called the police who checked CCTV footage and saw Mr Gowland get into a car at the shopping centre with his wife Sue, 77.

He told The Sun: ‘The whole thing has been quite a shock.

‘I had no clue I’d won until I got this phone call. I couldn’t hear what the PC was saying so I asked my stepson to deal with it.

‘He said to the officer, “You must be joking, this is a scam”. Anyway, it wasn’t and I had won.’

Mr Gowland's winning numbers were 3, 10, 13, 28, 46, with one of 4 and 11 winning one of the Lucky Stars [stock picture]

Mr Gowland’s winning numbers were 3, 10, 13, 28, 46, with one of 4 and 11 winning one of the Lucky Stars [stock picture]

Mr Gowland, who wears a hearing aid, said Gill handed him back eight crumpled tickets after he asked her to check them.

She gave them back to him telling the pensioner they were all losers — but took the winning ticket, which was one of two to win £130,928 after the £46million jackpot rolled over on May 4.

His winning numbers were  3, 10, 13, 28, 46, with one of 4 and 11 winning one of the Lucky Stars.

The father-of-two eventually received his payout in November last year and has since bought a new car and walk-in shower for his wife, who has health problems.

Gill, from York, was jailed for 28 months at Leeds crown court yesterday after admitting theft and fraud. 

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