Bolton scammers jailed over £4m demanding jackpot in four days

Scammers think they’ve hit the jackpot and share 4-day snapshots of themselves (Image: MEN)

Two men who thought their ‘Christmases had all come at once’ when they fraudulently won a £4million lottery prize have been jailed.

Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson spent four days thinking they had pocketed the jackpot – using stolen bank details to buy a winning scratch card.

But the couple from Bolton who traveled to London begging on the street, were disappointed when the national lottery operator Camelot discovered their fraud.

Despite hiring a prominent lawyer and requesting national press their case, the couple turned their story over at the last minute and pleaded guilty as soon as their trial began.

They purchased a scratch card from a Waitrose branch in Clapham, south London on April 22, 2019.

Bolton Crown Court heard Watson, 34, excitedly call Camelot, before passing the phone to Goodram, 38.

Doubts arose when Goodram let the money slip he did not have a bank account to receive the winnings.

Doubts arose when Mark Goodram, 38, said he did not have a bank account to receive his winnings (Image: MEN Media)

The next day, Camelot investigator Stephen Long called Goodram again and asked about the card used to make the purchase.

He told him it belonged to a friend named John who ‘owed him money’, but could not confirm the man’s last name or where he lived.

Both men sold the story of their victory to The Sun, and then hired prominent lawyer Henry Hendron to try to get Camelot to release the £4m – but they never received the money. .

The couple used stolen card details belonging to a man named Joshua Addiman, whom they did not know. Fortunately, the victim got the money back from the bank.

Goodram wrote them on his hand and put them in a cash machine at a Londis store on Clapham High Street, where the pair shopped £90.

They then went to Waitrose on Clapham Common, where they bought a £71 item, consisting of five scratch cards, using the same technique.

One of the cards had a £10 prize, which they received at the Londis store, and another had a jackpot.

Both men have multiple convictions for ‘dishonesty’, the court heard. They had licenses at the time of the crime and were arrested and interviewed in March 2020.

Jon-Ross Watson, 34, was mocked after reporting on the incident, his lawyer said (Image: MEN Media)

While on bail, Goodram committed two more crimes by failing to appear in court. He was finally arrested last Monday and taken into custody.

The court heard that when officers showed up at the house he was staying at, Goodramtried was hiding behind a sofa.

Goodram, of no fixed address, has 24 convictions for 48 counts. Watson, of Little Lever, Bolton has 74 convictions for 143 counts.

Defendant Robin Kitching, said his client Goodram had a ‘long-standing addiction to drugs and alcohol’ and that he was ‘basically homeless’.

Nick Ross, mitigating Watson, said: ‘This is imaginary money…almost monopoly money. When that number came out, they were completely incredulous. ‘

Since the incident and due to media coverage, Watson has been the subject of ridicule, he said.

Mr Ross added that Watson, who has a one-year-old son, was ‘guilty enough’ and described the incident as a ‘turning point’.

Both men pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud. Watson was jailed for 18 months while Goodman was given an extra month for breaching bail, bringing his total sentence to 19 months.

Sentencing, Recorder Sarah Johnston said: ‘You have to think all of your Christmases came at once. Camelot instinctively and immediately doubts the story you told.

‘You had the audacity to defend your feelings of injustice in national newspapers, after the fraud was exposed. You act[ed] transparent together. ‘

The judge added: ‘The loss expected was not Camelot’s. That’s not Mr. Addiman.

‘The loss went to the next legitimate, law-abiding customer who entered a Waitrose store in Clapham and purchased that scratch card.

‘For that unidentifiable individual, fate twisted at the last minute and stripped them of a life-changing amount.

‘This type of violation is serious. It stems from greed and a complete lack of respect for the property of others.

‘You both have terrifying records of dishonesty and theft. I have no doubt that both of you will continue to offend in dishonest ways in the future. ‘

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