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Celebration stopped as Lottery winner's identity is revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:51 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:39 11 August 2010

A MAN claiming to be a lottery winner telephoned the POST hours after scooping a £5.3million jackpot - and tried to sell his story. The mystery caller contacted us on Monday afternoon, and said he had found out about his massive life-changing windfall th

A MAN claiming to be a lottery winner telephoned the POST hours after scooping a £5.3million jackpot - and tried to sell his story.

The mystery caller contacted us on Monday afternoon, and said he had found out about his massive life-changing windfall that morning.

He told us he was 'happy and shocked' but when we tried to get more details about the win, he asked: "Is there any way of getting money out of this?"

The POST does not pay for stories, so the caller said that he would try his luck with a national tabloid instead, and hung up the phone.

Later that day we received an email from the National Lottery, inviting us to a press conference at a swanky Canary Wharf hotel yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

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