Ex-bouncer who ‘faked £200k lotto scratchcard’ admits he was JAILEDDecember 15, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Jobless ex-bouncer who ‘faked £200k lottery scratchcard’ admits he was JAILED for handling stolen goods… (but says he’s been on straight and narrow since)
- Unemployed Eric Walker, 56, claims he had scratched three matching symbols on the National Lottery’s £3-a-time Pharoah’s Fortune card
- But lotto chiefs Camelot called police after claiming the letter F had been ‘doctored’ to look like an E
- Now Mr Walker has told MailOnline of his criminal past that saw him jailed for six months for handling stolen goods
- The ex-bouncer says prison forced him to turn over a new leaf and he’s been ‘on the straight and narrow’ since his conviction
- He also told of abuse his family has received since trying to claim the money – and how his nine-year-old son was branded a ‘cheat’ by children at school
Eric Walker, an unemployed father-of-four accused of faking a £200,000 scratchcard, is a former convict who served jail time for handling stolen goods, MailOnline can reveal
The unemployed father-of-four accused of faking a £200,000 scratchcard is a former convict who served jail time for handling stolen goods, MailOnline can reveal.
Eric Walker says he’s been ‘on the straight and narrow’ since he spent six months in prison for the offence and insists he is a reformed character.
The 56-year-old claimed the big money win after saying he had scratched three matching symbols on the National Lottery’s £3-a-time Pharoah’s Fortune card.
But lotto chiefs Camelot called in fraud cops after claiming the letter F had been ‘doctored’ to look like an E and said the winning scratchcard hasn’t been sold yet.
He says he and his partner Amanda Emmadi, 37, have both been abused by neighbours since the row arose over the ‘life-changing’ prize money.
Speaking to MailOnline, the former nightclub bouncer said he’d turned his life around since being jailed 33 years ago, saying: ‘Just because I’ve been to jail doesn’t make me a bad person. I’m a reformed character.
‘Prison has made a better person so why should I be denied a chance of a better future which money can help buy? We won that scratchcard prize fair and square.
‘I never wanted to go back inside so I’ve kept out of trouble. I’ve been a hard grafter and kept on the straight and narrow for the sake of my kids.
Mr Walker claimed the big money win after saying he scratched three matching symbols on the National Lottery’s £3-a-time Pharoah’s Fortune card bought from his local shop
But lotto chiefs Camelot called in fraud police after claiming the letter F had been ‘doctored’ to look like an E and said the winning scratchcard hasn’t been sold yet. Pictured: The Premier store where Mr Walker purchased his ticket
Mr Walker, 56, a father-of-four, says he and his partner Amanda Emmadi have both been abused by neighbours for trying to cheat their way to the ‘life-changing’ prize money
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‘It was a long time ago and I’ve paid my dues. That put my life on track and I’ve stayed away from trouble since.’
He went on: ‘Half the people living in my street have probably run into trouble in the past. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad’un, always.
‘I hope my past isn’t catching up with me. I’ve done wrong but people have done a lot worse than me. I’m a proper winner and committed no crime for years.’
Mr Walker says his family have been shouted at in the street after being accused of trying to cheat on the scratchcard.
He says his nine-year-old son has been abused at school as children have called them cheats.
Mr Walker looks after his partner Amanda Emmadi, 37, (pictured) claims incapacity benefit for her depression
‘I’m a good and honest guy but the abuse we’ve been receiving about the scratchcard being fake is disgusting and very hurtful. It’s making me mad and my family ill.’
‘My son came home from school today and all the kids are saying his parents are cheats. It’s appalling. He was in tears.’
Mr Walker insists neither he nor Amanda – his partner of nine years and mum to his four kids – are ‘liars, cheats or dishonest’.
He is furious with lotto organisers Camelot for doubting their ‘totally genuine and honest claim.’
Mr Walker, who has also worked as a engineer and upholster, now cares for his long term partner, who suffers from depression and is unable to work therefore relying on benefits to pay the bills.
He added: ‘It’s not even about the money any more. It’s the principal. We’re being verbally abused and libelled, we’re being called scammers, cheats and liars.’
‘We’re due that money, it’s our win fair and square, why would we be lying about it when we’ve struggled all our lives and now won a decent bit which is life changing to us but may not be for others. Let Camelot and the cops come here and see out winning ticket for themselves.’
‘As ridiculous as it is seems some local people are accusing us of wrongdoing,and pointing the finger at me, I haven’t shaven for a few days because of all the stress and now people are saying I look like a drug dealer. I think people are jealous because of our fortune, the money we’ve won means loads to us and is life changing.’
An emailed response from Camelot to Mr Walker, which said the F had been changed to an E
Mr Walker said: ‘Let Camelot report me to police. I’d like to take them to court for refusing to pay out my win but I can’t afford to tackle them. I’m just a little person, they are a giant and they will crush me.’
A spokesperson for Camelot said last night: ‘Based on the photo we were sent by the Sheffield Star, we were able to re-construct the Scratchcard in our system. We can confirm that an ‘F’ has been altered to appear as an ‘E’, and is therefore not a winning Scratchcard.’
‘I can confirm that the ‘Pharaoh’s Fortune’ Scratchcard has not been recalled and we will be reporting this matter to the police.’
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