Two career criminals say they will call the police on Camelot for refusing to pay their £4,000,000 prize.
Jon-Ross Watson (pictured left) and Mark Goodram (right), two friends from Bolton, Greater Manchester, are claiming that Camelot is being "unscrupulous" after it launched an investigation into their winning scratchcard.
Watson (age 31) and Goodram (age 36) won the amazing life-changing prize after purchasing a £10 scratchcard on Easter Monday, April 22.
They have been celebrating with lots of champagne and cocktails since then. However, the two are in for a bad turn as Camelot isn't planning to pay them anything yet because the officials of the lottery agency believe the ticket was acquired illegally and so have opened a "thorough investigation" into the incident.
Goodram, a father of two, told The Sun, "We have a winning ticket, where's our cash? We'll go to the police to report Camelot. They're being unscrupulous. I know my rights."
Watson, a father of one, said, "The Lottery catchline is 'It Could Be You'. Well, it should be us. Camelot bosses are messing us around, probably because they know we've had a lively past and been in prison. Well, that's too bad. They need to pay us what we are owed or else."
After they bought the ticket at a Waitrose in Clapham, South London and found out they won a life-changing amount, the two friends have been downing cocktails, champagne, vodka, Jack Daniels, lager, whisky and wine.
Jon-Ross Watson was featured on the Bolton News website's "Bolton's Most Wanted List" back in July 2017. He was apparently wanted on warrant for failure to appear in court due to a burglary offense.
Meanwhile according to reports by the Bolton News and other local media outlets, Mark Goodram has been convicted 22 times for 45 offenses.
The Winning Lottery Ticket worth £4 Million
The two apparently do not have bank accounts and say they now should be ‘living like millionaires'. They deny that the winning ticket they had was purchased using a stolen debit card.
They claimed they used a debit card that belonged to a friend only referred to as "John". They did not say his surname, phone number or address. The only other information they said about him is that he had disappeared ‘up North'.
Goodram, who has been released from prison mere days before the win, said, "I'm just out of prison so every day is a party. Add in the fact we have won £4million and this party ain't going to stop soon."
The two pals had the £4Million Red scratchcard and an official receipt confirming it was a legit winner. However, the Camelot personnel who talked to them via phone had become suspicious when they learned the two have no credit or debit cards whatsoever, considering the fact that the winning scratchcard was purchased using a debit card (issued only to those with accounts).
The frustrated two answered that they had a friend named John who they paid £10 to buy the scratch card and then charged it to his debit card. They claimed that this person wanted to remain anonymous.
A spokesperson from Camelot stated, "Security procedures form a key part of the process of validating a winning ticket to ensure we maintain the integrity of The National Lottery. Should there be any doubt surrounding the validity of a claim, we would undertake a thorough investigation to ensure we pay out the rightful ticketholder."