THIS is the moment two dopey crooks dance around a branch of Londis after winning a £4million jackpot – before losing it all.
Jon-Ross Watson, 34, and Mark Goodram, 38, went on a four-day bender after winning the cash on a scratchcard while on a trip to London.
But their joy was short-lived.
The men, who live in Bolton, had used someone else’s bank card to buy the ticket – and they never saw a penny of the cash.
CCTV footage from the shop in Clapham shows the second the criminals realised they’d won on a ticket bought in a nearby Waitrose, the MEN reports.
The film, released by cops, shows Watson dancing and jumping around, while Goodram bangs his fists on the counter before gesturing at the worker on the tills.
The pair then immediately went on a spending spree in the capital, splashing a small fortune in bars and restaurants.
Their exploits even earned them the nickname ‘Blotto Louts’ after they shared social media snaps of themselves downing cocktails and Champagne.
But when Goodram tried to claim the money from Camelot after the win in April 2019, he accidentally let slip that he didn’t have a bank account.
Bosses at the company became suspicious, and investigator Stephen Long began a probe.
Goodram told Mr Long the card he’d used to buy the ticket belonged to a friend called John who “owed him money”.
But he was unable to reveal ‘John’s’ surname or address.
It was then discovered that the stolen card actually belonged to a man named Joshua Addyman.
DOPEY PAIR JAILED
Despite the net tightening around them, Watson and Goodram went on the offensive.
Watson, a convicted burglar, launched a media blitz, telling The Sun: “The Lottery catchline is ‘It Could Be You’. Well, it should be us.
“Camelot bosses are messing us around, probably because they know we’ve had a lively past and been in prison. Well, that’s too bad.
“They need to pay us what we are owed, or else.
“I should be living it up in Las Vegas.”
He even claimed his life had been “ruined” by the company.
They need to pay what they owe, or else. I should be living it up in Vegas
“In a way, it has ruined my life,” he told The Bolton News.
“People have been calling me a scumbag and laughing at me.
“I am just depressed all the time.
“I can’t go to Bolton anymore, everywhere I go people laugh at me.”
But now both of the crooked ‘winners’ have been jailed for 18 months each after admitting three counts of fraud by false representation.
Detective Constable Michelle Wilkinson, of Greater Manchester Police’s Complex Fraud Team, said: “This was quite an extraordinary case as Goodram and Watson’s chances of claiming this scratch-card were one in four million.
“Unfortunately for them, they had knowingly bought this ticket through fraudulent means.
“While the massive winnings were never put in the wrong hands and no one came to any harm, there is no doubt in my mind that these men would have gladly accepted this money without any remorse for their illicit ways of obtaining it.
“The vigilance of staff at Camelot has to be commended, and the subsequent investigation by our team at the Complex Fraud Team has ensured that these two men are rightly behind bars and can learn to accept how their selfish and unscrupulous actions were far from acceptable.”