National Lottery refuse to pay £4,000,000 to players who ‘bought ticket with stolen debit card’

An investigation is underway by the National Lottery after bosses became suspicious about a pair of scratchcard winners.

Camelot believe that Mark Goodram, 36, and Jon-Ross Watson, 31, used a stolen debit card to buy the £4million ticket after it emerged that neither of them had a bank account.

They said the card they used belonged to a friend called John but ‘John’ was nowhere to be seen having gone ‘up North’, according to The Sun.

Now bosses for the lottery have refused to pay the pair from Bolton while they carry out their own investigations.

Both of them have appeared on Bolton’s Most Wanted lists over the last few years for crimes in the town.

Watson is believed to have several convictions including bank fraud.

Goodram was jailed for burglary last year, according to local reports.

He told the newspaper: ‘I’m off on a Caribbean cruise, then to Las Vegas. But I need a passport first.’

Watson said he wanted to buy luxury properties and look after himself.

Camelot refuses to pay people with stolen tickets, but they have not outlined their procedure for the use of suspected stolen bank cards.

Last year an unemployed dad who buys six scratchcards a day was refused £200,000 after being accused of doctoring the card.

Camelot said he altered a letter to look like an E instead of an F. He insisted the ticket was genuine.