In 2019, we told the tale of two pals who “won” a £4 million jackpot on a National Lottery scratch card game. When it became obvious that the pair did not purchase the winning scratch card with their own money, the Lottery operator conducted an investigation.
The pair’s tale began to unravel when Watson phoned Camelot after discovering they had a winning scratch card, then passed the phone to Goodram.
The Lottery owner requested his bank information so that the winning money might be transferred, but it was at this point that Goodram revealed he did not have a bank account.
This made Camelot suspicious about how the scratch card had been bought. The next day, Camelot called back to ask about the card used to make the purchase.
According to Mr. Goodram, the card was given to him by a friend named John who owed him money but was unable to tell him his last name or where he lived.
The pair also boasted about their victory and how Camelot was denying them the money to The Sun Newspaper, where they stated they had spent four days celebrating the big win.
The two chancers then hired celebrity lawyer Henry Hendron to try and force Camelot to hand over the money, which was on hold pending the outcome of the investigation. When Camelot discovered that the scratch card had been obtained illegally, they referred the matter to the Police.
On the 14th December 2021, the pair Admitted fraud at Bolton Crown Court, they were both jailed for 18 months. Sentencing them, Recorder Sarah Johnston said the pair, who had numerous previous convictions, had deprived the next customer to win a “life-changing sum of money” before having the “audacity to plead your sense of injustice in the national newspapers”.
Watson’s lawyer Nick Ross said: “This was fantasy money… almost Monopoly money. When that figure popped up they were in total disbelief.”
Their lawyer said that Watson has become the subject of ridicule ever since his name was published on news sites across Britain as one of two people who scammed a scratchcard worth £4 million pounds from Camelot Group-the company behind National Lottery games.