A national lottery winner today (Thursday, February 7), denied a £2.5 million jackpot fraud when he appeared before a Crown Court judge.
Builder Edward Putman, 53, was arrested for allegedly faking a winning ticket after a three-year investigation.
He was paid £2,525,485 in 2009 as the winner of an unclaimed ticket – coming forward just before the six-month deadline.
The winning numbers on March 11 that year were 6, 9, 20, 21, 31 and 34 and were on a ticket bought in the Malvern or Worcester areas of Worcestershire.
Putman, of Station Road, Kings Langley, pleaded not guilty to fraud when he appeared at St Albans crown court.
The charge alleges that on September 1, 2009 in Watford, he dishonestly made a false representation, namely produced a fraudulent National Lottery ticket, intending to make a gain, namely £2,525,485 for himself.
It follows an investigation by Hertfordshire police’s serious fraud and cyber unit when they were presented with evidence alleging the claim was not genuine.
In 2015 Camelot, the lottery operator, was fined £3million for serious failing after an investigation by the Gambling Commission.
When the charge was put to him, Putman responded: “Not guilty, your honour.”
Judge Nigel Lithman QC said the trial would take place on April 23. Mr Putman was granted bail.