A $5 million scratchcard won by two men is being probed by Lotto chiefs over fears the card was bought using a stolen debit card.
Two convicted crooks, 31-year-old Jon-Ross Watson and 36-year-old Mark Goodram, have been on a four-day bender since the win in South London.
However, suspicious Camelot has refused to pay out the winnings.
The two men set off alarm bells when they contacted Lotto officials so they could claim their prize but revealed neither of them has a bank account.
Checks by Camelot showed that the winning scratchcard was purchased with a debit card – issued only with accounts.
When asked whose card it was, the two burglars named a mystery friend called John but couldn’t give his surname, contact number or address.
The payout was put on hold as the company investigates while the two were on the lash, drinking cocktails and champagne.
Watson and Goodram contacted The Sun to share their happiness, showing off their £4Million Red scratchcard that cost £10 and an official receipt confirming it hit the jackpot.
Goodram, who was 22 convictions for more than 40 criminal offenses, said: “I’m off to see the Queen. This is brilliant. I deserved a bit of a break. We’re made for life.
“I can’t wait to spend the lot. “I’m going to buy luxury properties and look after myself.”
Watson, who has burglary convictions, said: “I’m off on a Caribbean cruise, then to Las Vegas. But I need a passport first.
“Mark and me have been mates since we were little. This win’s unbelievable but we deserve the money fair and square. We were screaming in the street.
“We’ve told family and friends about our win but no one believes us.”
The two said they had given their ‘pal’ cash to buy the scratchcard using his debit card. However, they couldn’t give his contact number or full name as he had disappeared ‘up North.’
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