TIMELINE TO SUSPECTED JACKPOT PLOT
HOW the suspected fake lotto ticket jackpot fraud unfolded: 2003 – Edward Putman and Giles Knibbs meet when Putman does building work for the Camelot worker’s parents. February 2009 – Putman said to have flashed a phony ticket in a “dry-run” of scam. March 2009 – The winning numbers, 6, 9, 20, 21, 31 and 34 are drawn and match a ticket bought in Worcestershire worth £2.5million. September 2009 – Putman contacts Camelot near the final date for claiming the jackpot. Lotto authorises payment. 2012 – After shunning publicity, Putman is revealed as winner after he is jailed for a £13,000 benefits fraud. October 2015 – Putman allegedly goes back on promise to share the jackpot, prompting Knibbs to take his own life. March 2016 – Knibbs’ suicide sparks Camelot probe. December 2016 – Gambling Commission report finds it was “more likely than not” the winning ticket was fake. Now – Fraud detectives finalise a dossier of evidence against Putman which may lead to a prosecution.