A LOTTO liar conned family and friends out of cash by claiming he had won last month’s mammoth £171million EuroMillions jackpot.
Fibbing fantasist Rob Strain, 33, tapped them up after sending texts to boast of landing the fortune and say he was going into hiding.
He sent out snaps of him viewing mansions and bragged of shopping for posh cars and needing private security.
Word spread fast on his Newcastle estate but his ruse began to fall flat when it emerged he and his girlfriend were borrowing cash.
A family source said: “Some people have fallen for his story and given him money, but most of us know he’s deluded and that it’s all lies and he’s on the take.
“He’s been to view three mansions, including one for £3.9million. He said it wasn’t his cup of tea and had to think on it. Pull the other one! He also bragged about shopping for Bentleys.
“But when we heard he was asking a woman in the shop if he could hire her caravan for two weeks to hide out, we knew it was a scam. What lottery winner does that?”
One man who did lend Strain cash told The Sun he felt gutted after learning the story was make-believe.
Hy het gesê: “I’ve got my own business and I thought I was giving them a helping hand. I feel physically sick. I feel like I’ve been bent over a barrel.”
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Camelot said one UK ticket-holder had claimed the jackpot.
They said Strain’s story was “fishy” as winners can get a cash advance quickly once a ticket is validated.
'N Woordvoerder het gesê: “It’s highly unusual to behave this way. Most people would just sit in shock and start planning their future, rather than shout it from the rooftops.”
The Sun approached him for comment on his lotto “win”.