NO WIN, NO FREE
Newsagents jailed for conning OAP out of £156k winning ticket Syndicate loser told she’s missed the bus
A CROOKED newsagent stole an OAP’S winning lottery ticket – and her husband tried to claim the £156,000 prize.
Shopkeeper Anne Jeevarajah, 38, kept the lucky ticket when Gwyn Badham-davies, 73, took it to her store to see if he had won.
Jeevarajah checked it on her machine at the family’s shop but did not tell the pensioner he had won a small fortune.
Her husband Alfred, 45, then brazenly rang up lottery organisers Camelot and told them he had the winning ticket.
At Norwich Crown Court prosecutor Chris Youell said Mr Badham-davies went into the village shop on June 25 last year to buy his usual numbers and a lucky dip.
The pensioner then asked Mrs Jeevarajah to check his lottery numbers from the previous week at her shop in Hingham, near Watton, Norfolk.
After checking she realised the OAP had won but didn’t tell Mr Badham-davies.
Her husband then made his fraudulent claim on July 2.
But Camelot became suspicious because there was a delay between the date the ticket was bought and the claim being made. Mr Youell said alarm bells also started ringing when Camelot discovered Mr Jeevarajah was a shopkeeper.
Judge Alasdair Darroch told the Jeevarajahs as he jailed them: “It was a flagrant breach of trust.
“This is the sort of matter which the public expects to be dealt with very seriously.”
Ian James, defending, said the devastated family would pay a huge price, losing their business and home.
He said “momentary temptation”.
The pair, who admitted charges of theft and fraud, were bangedup for 14 months each. the fraud was a
succumbing to TWELVE bus drivers who won £38 million in the Euromillions lottery have told a syndicate member who pulled out ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’.
Hazel Loveday, a single mother, would have been among the winners popping champagne corks yesterday as they celebrated collecting £3.1 million each.
But Hazel, 36, who worked with the group of Stagecoach drivers in Corby, Northamptonshire, pulled out because she was too skint to fork out the £2-a-week contribution.
One of the winners, Charles Connor, 40, said: “We all feel sorry for Hazel but what can you do? You’ve got to be in it to win it.”
The others were named today as Chris Smith, 34, John Noakes, 49, Stephen Derrick, 53, Dave Mead, 54, Charlie Gillion, 65, Jim Patton, 55, Neil Tayton, 58, Alex Robertson, 57, Ally Spence, 57, and Derek Wilson, 51.
One winner has remained anonymous.
BRAZEN: Alfred Jeevarajah tried to claim Lotto win
BAD NEWS: Shop pair ran before their scam was rumbled