UK National Lottery Operator Camelot is not going through a good phase. It has yet again surrounded by the controversy of cheating this time. Two habitual criminals with plenty of convictions interestingly are all set to sue Camelot for refusing to pay them the £4m Jackpot. Mark Goodram and Jon Ross Watson have alleged that Camelot is refusing to pay them £4m prize money. Even though Camelot has already clarified their stand, but a legal matter could be seen in the near future regarding the same.
Mark and Watson are both known for their criminal background. They have alleged that they have purchased a winning scratcher from a Waitrose Supermarket Chain in London and the company is refusing to pay. Camelot has clarified that both Mark and Watson used debit cards to purchase the winning scratcher. However, the debit card did not belong to any of them. The background of both has suggested that they were involved with stealing debit cards. Camelot argued that the card used for purchase was stolen as neither have them has any bank account. Hence, the owner of the debit card did not authorize them to use the card. In such a case, Camelot is not liable to pay the prize money to both of them.
Interestingly, things got even more interesting when Watson and Mark decided to hire a lawyer to sue Camelot. Henry Hendron has been hired to sue Camelot. He has just completed his suspension of three years to practice law for supplying drugs to his boyfriend. The teenager was killed in taking those drugs. He was reportedly suspended again as per reports in July this year after he did not or was not willing to refund £650 that he took from his client and did not represent him in the court.
The legal filing of Henry Hendron has said that his clients are homeless and do not have debit cards. Hence, they have used one of their friend’s card to purchase the scratcher. He claims that his clients have full authority and consent of the account holder to use the card to purchase the five scratch cards. However, they have no information about their so-called friend apart from that his name is John and he is from Bolton. In response to it, Camelot has said that the fraud department of the Waitrose has successfully tracked the owner of the card and he has categorically denied any consent given to Mark and Watson to purchase. Camelot is clear and said that they should now prove that they had the consent of the owner of the card.
Watson was recently convicted at a restaurant for throwing hot ladle of streaming cheese. He was convicted for the 70th time for this offense and was freed only after he agreed to pay £200 fine and £100 to the victim.
For Camelot, controversy has become too frequent as well. A couple of weeks back, the company was forced to withdraw a EuroMillions TV Commercial after a convicted pedophile was noticed in it in of the extras. However, the lotto controversy of not paying the prize money may have a hilarious tone to it.