Pair dance around Londis after £4million scratchcard win before it’s all taken away


Mark Goodram and Jon Watson, from Bolton, Lancashire, were thrilled at their huge ‘win’ and celebrated in laddish fashion in front of the shopkeeper – but they became the architects of their own downfall…

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Manchester: Fraudsters celebrate winning £4million on scratch card

A pair of friends danced around Londis after scooping £4million on a lottery scratchcard bought with someone else’s bank details, before it was taken from them.

CCTV footage from the convenience store has now been released by police and shows the pals unable to contain their excitement, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Mark Goodram and Jon Watson from Bolton Lancashire, were thrilled at their huge ‘win’ and celebrated in front of the shopkeeper.

And the video shows Watson, 34, dancing and jumping around the shop while Goodram, 38, bangs his fists on the counter before giving a celebratory pose to the shopkeeper.

Their joy, however, was short-lived as they became the architects of their own downfall.

Jon-Ross Watson won £4 million on a scratchcard but never received the money due to suspicions it was purchased using a stolen bank card
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After trying to claim the money from Camelot on April 22, 2019, Goodram let slip he did not have a bank account to deposit the winnings into.

This raised suspicions about how the scratch card was bought and an investigator from Camelot, rang Goodram back and asked about the card used to make the purchase.

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

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The card in fact belonged to a man named Joshua Addyman.

Both men were jailed for 18 months, after pleading guilty to fraud at Bolton Crown Court on the first day of their trial.

Detective Constable Michelle Wilkinson, of our Complex Fraud Team, said: “This was quite an extraordinary case as Goodram and Watson’s chances of claiming this scratch-card were one in four million; but unfortunately for them, they had knowingly bought this ticket through fraudulent means.

Mark Goodram and Jon Watson were ecstatic at their good fortune
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Jon Watson jumps and dances around the store while Mark Goodram celebrates in front of the shopkeeper
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“While the massive winnings were never put in the wrong hands and no one came to any harm, there is no doubt in my mind that these men would have gladly accepted this money without any remorse for their illicit ways of obtaining it.

“The vigilance of staff at Camelot has to be commended, and the subsequent investigation by our team at the Complex Fraud Team has ensured that these two men are rightly behind bars and can learn to accept how their selfish and unscrupulous actions were far from acceptable.”

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