In March 2009 a single ticket belonging to Edward Putman, purchased in Worcestershire, won the £2.5m UK Lotto jackpot. Nine years later, Putman is awaiting trial after being charged with fraud over his big win.
There has been a three-year investigation into the 2009 UK Lotto win after evidence began to surface that the win was a fraudulent claim. The evidence alleged that the UK Lotto winner had colluded with an employee who worked for Camelot who run the National Lottery. However, no action was taken three years ago due to insufficient evidence. The UK Gambling Commission also investigated the case and concluded that “it was more likely than not” that the March 2009 pay-out came as the result of a fraudulent prize claim.
In all the UK Lotto win was £2,525,485, and Mr Putman was soon in trouble with the authorities as he continued to claim unemployment benefits and was sentenced to nine months in jail.
Alleged Insider Dealings
Now he’s going to be back in court and it’s claimed that his Camelot insider identified an unclaimed jackpot, printed a new ticket with the winning numbers, tore off the barcode and gave it to Putman. He then claimed the £2.5m jackpot just days before the ticket was due to expire.
This intriguing story continued to become even more complicated as it’s believed the insider tried to blackmail Putman over the fraudulent claim and later committed suicide.
Camelot, who are due to make changes to the UK Lotto draw in a couple of months’ time said they know about Mr Putman being charged but feel it “wouldn’t be appropriate” for them to comment now charges have been laid. Putman has been bailed to appear at St. Albans Magistrates Court on October 16.
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