Two friends – Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson – have spoken to the Sun after they claim National Lottery have refused to pay out the jackpot prize they won on the £4 Million Red scratchcard.
Whilst National Lottery have no doubts that the winning scratchcard is legitimate, they are queries about how the scratchcard was purchased, and who owns the card it was purchased with.
Before we continue, let’s show you a photo of the winning scratchcard:
A statement from National Lottery, and a photo of the pink payout receipt confirm that the scratchcard is the real deal.
However, here is where the story gets interesting.
The two jobless friends, who have known each other since they were young, purchased the winning scratchcard from Waitrose in Clapham on Easter Monday.
After contacting the National Lottery to claim their prize, they initially claimed that they bought the scratchcard using loose change.
However, after raising suspicions with Camelot, it soon turned out they paid using a contactless debit card.
But, it turned out that neither of the mates actually had a bank account, or own a debit card.
After further probing, they claimed they used a friend’s – referred to as ‘John’ – card to pay for the prize. But are yet to provide further details on John’s surname or address to authenticate the story as he wished to stay anonymous.
What have the ‘winners’ said?
Both winners have been very vocal about the so-far refused payout.
The two friends claim they should now be “living like millionaires” and are threatening to go to the cops if the payout isn’t made.
Since their win on Monday, they have been on a five day bender treating themselves to bottles of champagne and cocktails to celebrate their win.
Why is payout refused?
To claim a scratchcard win, any large scratchcard prize needs to be verified by the National Lottery before it can be paid out.
The concerns have occurred from the fact that the method of payment has yet to be verified as genuine as neither own a debit card.
Added to the fact, Goodram has previous history of criminal convictions, and was previously released on police license just days prior to the scratchcard purchase.
What happens next?
Well it all depends on whether the scratchcard was purchased legitimately.
Right now, National Lottery are refusing to confirm or deny the validity of the scratchcard win.
If they can prove they have purchased the scratchcard legitimately, then of course they are entitled to the money.
However, if the card is stolen, as suggested, then there will be no pay out.
There has been no official comment from National Lottery, but it will most likely be kept by them and added to the money for good causes.
However, should the winnings go the whoever’s card it was?