British lottery operator Camelot continues to stubbornly refuse to pay a two-million-dollar win to two players because the company has doubts about the legitimacy of the claim. Now the players have hired a lawyer to sue Camelot for the £ 4m outstanding outstanding.
The two friends Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson had hit one of the Jackelots of the Camelot lottery on Easter Monday. But the 36 and 31 year old men from Bolton in Central England are still waiting for the transfer of the millions they had earned with a scratch card.
Did the players use a stolen credit card?
The reason for Camelot's refusal are doubts on the part of the gaming operator regarding the legality of the claims. While Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson were able to prove that it was a real lot and that they had legally purchased it at a London store for Easter, Camelot has legal concerns about the dubious payment method.
An important reason for Camelot's skepticism may lie in the criminal past of the players. Both have multiple criminal records and are on record due to various offenses. In the past, they attracted negative attention, particularly through drug and fraud.
In the British media, Goodram and Watson had garnered a lot of attention after seemingly so close to winning millions as they posed and posted freely on social networks with bills and champagne bottles for what they would spend all the money on.
The lucky ones in particular had not paid the scratch card in cash, but with a credit card, the legality of which Camelot doubts, since neither player has a bank account. Camelot therefore believes the card may have been stolen or purchased illegally.
When asked who the card came from, Goodram and Watson said at the time that it belonged to a certain John. However, they could never present this alleged friend to confirm their testimony.
As a result, Camelot service manager Andrew Crozier announced on May 28 that the jackpot would not be paid out. The company added in a statement:
We do not comment on individual profit claims. Compliance with strict security rules is part of the verification of claims.
The company had examined the case intensively and considered the claim to be “not justified”, said the lottery operator. In response, Goodram and Watson now hired a lawyer.
Lawyer with a questionable background
The jackpot scratch cards (Image: national-lottery.co.uk)
It is questionable whether Camelot will be impressed by it. Because even the lawyer, Henry Hendron, has an extremely dubious reputation. He has only recently been admitted to the bar again after being banned for sex and drug offenses.
According to the court, Henry Hendron had bought £ 1,000 drugs in early 2018 that he wanted to resell at parties. Instead, his 18-year-old friend died of an overdose and the lawyer's lazy business was exposed.
Henry Hendron gave Camelot until Tuesday to respond to his lawsuit threat. If he didn't get a satisfactory answer by then, he would go to court for Goodram and Watson.
According to statements to the Sun, he wants to represent his two clients free of charge. Payment would only be due if he was successful in the lawsuit and had won the lottery operator's millions. Henry Hendron did not comment on the amount of his commission.
British lottery refuses to pay £ 4m profit
Two British lottery players won one of the £ 4m Camelot Lottery grand prizes with a scratch card on Easter Monday. However, the organizer has so far refused to pay out because he has doubts about the legality of the credit card used to buy the lot.
What the lot bought with a stolen credit card?
36-year-old Mark Goodram and his 31-year-old friend Jon-Ross Watson from Bolton near Manchester couldn't believe their luck at the beginning of the week after buying the scratch card in a supermarket south of London.
British scratch card
The Million Lottery (Image: national-lottery.co.uk)
They had bought the ticket for £ 10 and won the Camelot lottery jackpot. But it seems that the two friends were happy too early, because Camelot is currently refusing to pay the due amount to the two.
The lottery operator states that the lot was bought with a questionable credit card. Since the two lucky winners were unable to provide a bank account for the transfer of the prize, Camelot's managers became suspicious.
Therefore, it is currently being investigated whether the players were in legal possession of the card at all, since neither of them had a valid bank account. However, this is the prerequisite for owning a credit card.
When asked who owned the card, Goodram and Watson said they had given the friend £ 10 in cash to a friend named John and the friend paid for the scratch card in the shop with his credit card.
The statement that her alleged friend John had “disappeared to the north” again and was unavailable for further inquiries confirmed the lottery operator's suspicion that the card may have been stolen – something the two winners have so far expressly denied.
A spokesman for Camelot explained the current refusal of the online edition of the British daily The Mirror as follows:
In order to maintain the integrity of the national lottery, our security measures play a vital role in checking and confirming winnings. If there are reasonable doubts as to the validity of a claim, we will conduct in-depth investigations to ensure that we pay the prize to the rightful owner of the lot.
Both have a criminal record
The suspicion of the organizers of Camelot towards the two winners comes from no accident: According to media reports, both Watson and Goodram have already come into conflict with the law several times.
Camelot expressly points out in its terms and conditions that no winnings would be paid to submitters of stolen or manipulated lots. According to the provider, both occur relatively often. The fact that tickets were bought with stolen credit cards was rather the exception.
According to this, Jon-Ross Watson was already on a ‘Most Wanted List' in his hometown of Bolton in 2017, because he had received an arrest warrant for theft.
Many have also been investigated against his friend Mark Goodram. Research by Bolton News showed that the former drug addict had been convicted in the past of, among other things, burglaries, thefts and unauthorized possession of weapons [page in English].
The fact that the two were in the center of police investigations far more than 50 times caused all alarm bells to ring at Camelot.
The winners were already celebrating vigorously
According to a spokesman, the investigations continued. It is therefore currently not possible to conclusively announce whether and when the lottery company will pay out the millions to Goodram and Watson.
The refused payment did not prevent the two friends from celebrating the upcoming blessing. They posted various photos on Facebook, which they showed in bars and on the street with expensive champagne bottles and cocktails or with bundles of pound notes.
Goodram told The Sun:
It's just brilliant! We have taken care of it and I can't wait to spend the money. I will buy a luxury house and let myself go.
His friend Watson added that they shouted in the street for happiness and that they were entitled to the money because they had “won fairly”. That is exactly what the Camelot managers doubt.