Moment fraudsters realise they’ve won £4million on scratchcard with stolen card

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Two fraudsters could not contain their excitement after winning £4million on a Lottery scratchcard which was bought using a stolen bank card.

Mark Goodram, 38, and Jon Watson, 34, from Bolton, Lancashire, can be seen in CCTV footage in convenience store Londis displaying their excitement after they realised what had happened.

They were thrilled at their huge 'win' and celebrated in front of the shopkeeper in the footage released by police, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Watson dances and jumps around the shop, while Goodram bangs his fists on the counter before giving a celebratory pose to the worker behind the counter.

But their celebrations were short-lived.

After the pair attempted to claim their winnings from Camelot on April 22, 2019, Goodram slipped up and revealed he did not have a bank account for the money to be deposited into.

This caused suspicions about how the scratchcard was purchased in the first place.

An investigator from Camelot then called Goodram back and asked about the card that was used to buy the scratchcard.

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He was told it belonged to a friend named John, who 'owed him money', but could not confirm the man's surname or where he lived.

The card in fact belonged to a man named Joshua Addyman.

Both men were jailed for 18 months, after pleading guilty to fraud at Bolton Crown Court on the first day of their trial.

Detective Constable Michelle Wilkinson, of the Complex Fraud Team, said: "This was quite an extraordinary case as Goodram and Watson's chances of claiming this scratch-card were one in four million; but unfortunately for them, they had knowingly bought this ticket through fraudulent means.

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"While the massive winnings were never put in the wrong hands and no one came to any harm, there is no doubt in my mind that these men would have gladly accepted this money without any remorse for their illicit ways of obtaining it.

"The vigilance of staff at Camelot has to be commended, and the subsequent investigation by our team at the Complex Fraud Team has ensured that these two men are rightly behind bars and can learn to accept how their selfish and unscrupulous actions were far from acceptable."

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