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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.

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