A shop worker has admitted attempting to falsely claim a £1 million lottery prize.
Farrakh Nizzar told 77-year-old Maureen Holt she had won nothing when he scanned her EuroMillions ticket at the convenience store where he worked in Oldham.
Mrs Holt and her husband had been away on holiday at the time of the winning draw in June.
After telling her he would throw the ticket away, the 20-year-old went on to phone a lottery hotline to say he had bought the ticket.
Nizzar's con was revealed when it was discovered the ticket had in fact been purchased by Mrs Holt on her Tesco Clubcard at a Tesco store.
He pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and will be sentenced on August 20.
Lottery operator Camelot said anyone claiming a large prize has to go through a number of security procedures and they encourage all players to sign the back of their tickets.