If you have been following our site for a while, you may well have seen the articles we have posted about the two friends who ‘won’ £4 million on a £10 scratchcard.
Although £10 scratchcards are no longer sold, back in 2019 when they were still available, £4 million was the top prize available to be won. Below is a picture of the winning scratchcard:
The only problem was, National Lottery refused to pay out, because as part of their due diligence process with all winners, they suspected something was not right. They believed that the card they used to buy the scratchcard, was stolen and therefore could not claim the cash.
Even though the two friends – Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson – hired a lawyer to try and claim the prize, they were unsuccessful.
Although this happened back in 2019, the two men were arrested and interviewed in March 2020. And it was only this week that justice was served to the two criminals after they pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud. Both men will serve 18 months in jail.
What Happened to the Winnings?
The person whose card was used to purchase the winning scratchcard (amongst other things) received a full reimbursement for all fraudulent transactions.
As for the winnings, because it has not been paid out, it is likely to be donated to National Lottery’s Good Causes to benefits charities and local projects around the UK.
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