Algerian man must prove his identity before collecting €250,000 winnings but has no papers

An Algerian migrant staying illegally in Belgium is battling to claim a €250,000 (£207,000) jackpot won on a scratchcard after authorities insisted it can only be paid if he can prove his identity.

“My client is in an illegal situation, he has no papers and no bank account,” Alexander Verstraete, a lawyer for the 28-year-old, told AFP on Friday. “We are looking for those documents that can prove his identity. He will have to contact his family in Algeria.”

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