Lotto winners who went on bender after £4million win to stand trial for fraud
Two men who went on a four-day "bender" after claiming they won £4 million "fair and square" on a Lotto scratchcard will face a fraud trial next year.
Jon-Ross Watson, 33, and Mark Goodram, 37, hit the jackpot with a scratchcard bought from Waitrose in Clapham, London, in April 2019.
The duo made headlines by partying for four-days to celebrate – posting pictures with champagne and downing cocktails on social media.
But they have since been accused by Lotto organisers Camelot of using a debit card that was not theirs to buy the winning scratchcard.
On Monday at Bolton Crown Court Watson stood in the dock wearing a face mask and denied committing three offences.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud by dishonestly claiming he was entitled to use a debit card in the name of Joshua Addyman to make a purchase at a Londis convenience store and Waitrose on April 22 last year.
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In addition he denied fraud between April 21 and 25, 2019 by making false representation to Camelot that he was in lawful possession of two lottery scratchcards and was entitled to claim the prize money of £4 million.
Watson's co-accused, Mark Goodram, of no fixed address, faces the same fraud charges but could not attend the hearing.
Judge Timothy Stead accepted the explanation that Goodram has reported having symptoms of coronavirus and is self-isolating.
A further hearing for Goodram to formally enter his plea will take place on November 10.
Their three-day trial will take place provisionally on October 13th 2021, with Watson granted bail.
Nicholas Ross, defending Watson, said: "It is a slightly unusual case, especially involving the higher value of the counts, £4 million, but the principles are straightforward."
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