Prankster blows thousands on 13-hour bender to convince pals he’s won lottery jackpot

Dale ended up draining his bank account on a pub crawl with his unwitting pals (Image: News Group Newspapers Ltd)

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A prankster who blew thousands on a 13-hour bender after telling his friends he had scooped a £328,000 jackpot says it was "well worth it".

Dale Barnwell, 33, was left with £80 in his account and no phone after inviting his pals to celebrate the "win" with a big night out.

In reality he hadn't bagged any money – but he wanted to get one of his friends to wear a suit so he could film him "looking stupid".

His 27-year-old cousin Brad Birkett was in the joke and helped him pull the night off as five unwitting pals joined them for a pub crawl.

He texted the group telling them meet him in their best clothes for drinks to mark the occasion, starting out with £200-worth of Jaegerbombs at the Fox Inn in Nuneaton, Warks.

The two cousins pretended Dale had won the lottery as a hoax
(Image: News Group Newspapers Ltd)

The group moved on to the Attleborough Arms in the town before hitting Grosvenor Casino, Coventry, where Dale spent £1,000.

One pal even bought two bottles of Moet champagne to celebrate and the cousins themselves blew around £5,000.

Plumber Dale told The Sun he had saved up £2,100 for the prank and woke up the following morning with £80 and no phone after the night "escalated quickly".

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But he has no regrets and said the jokes made it "well worth it". He even told friends he was going to buy the flat he rents and name it "Barnwell Towers".

“I sent them a video of me in a suit celebrating," he told The Sun.

"I did it to try to get one mate to meet us in a suit to video him looking stupid."

One duped pal ordered two bottles of Moet champagne to toast the occasion
(Image: News Group Newspapers Ltd)

Brad said: “Dale told them he was going to buy the flats he lives in and call it Barnwell Towers.

"He is a proper wind-up merchant.”

It comes after a UK ticket holder made a claim for a huge £111,540,000 EuroMillions jackpot on Friday night.

The lucky Brit has staked their claim to the prize after the numbers 07, 20, 36, 40, 46 and Lucky Star numbers 02 and 04 tumbled out.

He messaged pals telling them to turn up suited and booted to celebrate
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It is the fourth UK EuroMillions jackpot winner this year – two were won in April and another was won on New Year's Day.

As with all major prizes, the claim will now go through the process of validation to make sure everything is in order.

Camelot’s Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said: “What sensational news on a sunny summer weekend for one lucky EuroMillions player.

"They have instantly become the ninth biggest winner in UK National Lottery history and have a fortune which can make their dreams come true."

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