Lottery winner is £10k benefit cheat

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A WOMAN who sold herself a winning Euromillions lottery ticket ran out of luck, a court heard.

Hayley Tarry won £512,089 on a Friday the 13th draw.

But when the money ran out she turned to benefits fiddling.

Tarry invested the winnings in property, paid off debts and gave her family treats.

But magistrates at Blackpool heard that Tarry – who now lives in Munich – was paid £10,000 in Jobseekers’ Allowance and Council Tax Benefit she should not have received.

Tarry, who is a keen brass band member, pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to disclose a change of circumstances to the Department of Work and Pensions and Blackpool Council.

She did not tell the authorities a mortgage she had was being paid by a third party.

Victoria Cartmell, prosecuting, said a Proceeds of Crime Order will be applied for against Tarry.

That order has to be applied for at a Crown Court where she will also be sentenced.

Tarry won the money when she ran a newsagents and general store on Fleetwood Road, Cleveleys.

She was given her cheque in June 2007 by Emmerdale‘s Deena Payne who played shopkeeper and postmistress Viv Hope in the TV soap.

Tarry, who then used her unmarried surname of Barker, said at the time: “I will always remain a humble newsagent.

“Someone has to win, it was just lucky it was me.”