Man in court over £2.5million lottery fraud

An alleged lottery fraudster appeared in court today (tues) accused of falsely claiming a £2.5m lottery win with a fake ticket.

Edward Putman, 53, of Kings Langley, Herts today denied one charge of fraud by false representation.

He appeared before magistrates at in St Albans, Herts.

It is alleged that the National Lottery paid out the huge sum in 2009 after Putman claimed to be the owner of an unclaimed ticket just before the six-month deadline.

The winning numbers – 6, 9, 20, 21, 31 and 34 – were drawn on March 11 that year and matched a ticket bought in Worcestershire worth £2.5m.

Mr Putman, who had been out on bail following his arrest, was remanded to appear before St Albans Crown court on 19 November for a pre-trial and preparation hearing.


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