The lottery win that wasn't

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

The name of Pinchus Yosef Friedman of Stamford Hill has been whizzing around the globe via the internet all week as the reported recipient of a 38.5 million euro lottery win.

"The phones started ringing at 4am – friends and family worldwide wanted to congratulate us," said his wife Leah. "We even had a call from my mother-in-law in New York."

Alas for the family, it was just an early Purim joke played by friends. Never mind. "I definitely will be buying a ticket next week," Mrs Friedman said.

Last updated: 11:36am, March 8 2012