Police called in over Sheffield man's '˜faked' Â£200,000 Lottery win
Police have been called in to investigate a Sheffield man's Â£200,000 National Lottery jackpot win amid claims that the winning ticket was '˜faked.'
Eric Walker, 56, is locked in a row with Lotto organisers Camelot who he says are refusing to payout the jackpot he '˜won' on a scratchcard.
But Camelot have said they have now called in the police over the row in which lettering on the Â£3 card appeared to have been altered to create a winning ticket.
Unemployed Mr Walker of Arbourthorne, who buys six scratchcards a day, denies the Pharaoh's Fortune card was doctored and blames Camelot for a printing error.
He says he matched three winning symbols correctly on the card where players are given 16 co-ordinates which they use to scratch off squares on a grid in the hope of revealing and matching a trio ofÂ pharaoh symbols.
Eric said partner Amanda Emmadi, 36, scratched the relevant boxes and revealed three pharaohs '“ the requirements to win the jackpot.
But when they informedÂ Camelot, bosses refused to pay up and said that an F5 in the section of co-ordinates had been changed to look like E5 '“ where one of the pharaohs was on the grid.
Camelot said: 'We were able to reconstruct the scratchcard in our system.
'We can confirm that an '˜F' has been altered to appear as an '˜E', and it is therefore not a winning scratchcard.'
HeÂ insists he won the jackpot "fair and square" and denies altering the card.
Eric, 56, said: 'I'm being cheated out of the money.Â I'm no angel but I wouldn't cheat.
'It has not been doctored '“ I'm not that bright.
'If they want to get the police involved then that's fine. I have nothing to hide.'
When asked why more than 16 squares had been scratched off, he said: 'When Camelot says it wasn't E5, it was F5, we scratched F5 off.'
The dad-of-four, who bought the Â£3Â card from a Premier shop near his home, added: 'How can CamelotÂ investigate when they haven't seen the card themselves?'