Lotto winner whose £4m fortune is being withheld is homeless a week after ‘win’
A Lotto winner whose £4 million prize money is being withheld by Camelot is now homeless, a pal has claimed.
Suspected "scratchcard scammer" Mark Goodram is on the streets after his friend said she had kicked him out of her flat.
The serial criminal was spotted hunched up in a rain-soaked Bolton backstreet on Friday, knocking back cans of extra-strong cider and munching on a £1 pack of Swedish meatballs.
Just a week ago, Goodram and his pal Jon-Ross Watson were on a four-day bender in London, posing for online photos with fistfuls of £50 notes and magnums of bubbly.
But Camelot, which runs the Lottery, fears the scratchcard was bought with a stolen debit card and will not hand over any cash until an investigation is completed.
A friend said: “You hear about rags to riches, but he has gone from the champagne lifestyle, thinking he was a millionaire, to being on the street, drinking cheap cider and hanging with beggars.
“He came out of prison not long before his win, but he has been booted out and now he is on harder times than ever.
“He is really frustrated because of the hold on his winnings, but he still believes he’ll get the money and says he will take Camelot to court if they don’t pay.”
Camelot say checks show the scratchcard was bought at a Waitrose in Clapham, South London with a debit card, which are only issued to bank account holders.
Neither Goodram, 36, or Watson, 31, has an account. The pair claimed the ticket was bought for them and denied it was purchased with a stolen bank card.
The friends, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, both have criminal pasts.
Goodram has 22 convictions, and was jailed for eight months in November for stealing from a garage. When arrested he had someone else’s bank card.
Watson was jailed for 16 weeks in July for bank card fraud in Darwen, Lancs.
Last night Camelot said it would carry out a “thorough investigation” if there was any doubt about the validity of a claim.
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