NO WIN, NO FREE

Newsagents jailed for con­ning OAP out of £156k win­ning ticket Syn­di­cate loser told she’s missed the bus

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

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.

De­lay

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

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