VIDEO has emerged of a couple buying scratchcard tickets from a shop on the day a lucky £200,000 ‘winning’ ticket had a ‘misprint’.
CCTV footage shows Eric Walker and girlfriend Amanda Emmadi separately buying Pharoah’s Fortune tickets from a shop in Sheffield.
Dad-of-four Eric Walker, 56 from Sheffield, claimed the big money win after saying he had scratched three matching symbols on the National Lottery’s £3-a-time Pharoah’s Fortune card.
But lotto chiefs Camelot called in fraud cops after claiming the letter F had been “doctored” to look like an E and said the winning scratchcard hasn’t been sold yet.
In the clip obtained by The Sun Online, Ms Emmadi can be seen on the phone at the shop counter in a white coat as she buys several scratchcards from Premier Store on East Road in Sheffield on November 25.
In a separate sale, Mr Walker can also be seen buying tickets at the same shop on the same day.
Wearing a hat and green jumper Mr Walker is seen standing at the counter as he waits for his tickets.
Speaking today, Ms Emmadi told The Sun Online: “Camelot are a load of b******t, the people in the shop where I bought the ticket from, they have claimed the tickets back, they are not on the shelf any more.
“If you went in that shop now and looked at their machines they would tell you there are no tickets there.
“There is all of the other tickets, they have swapped in from the gold tickets to the number sevens, [Camelot] are lying but the shop isn’t lying.”
She added: “We are getting slandered. “Camelot are scammers, I have no need to lie. It is a misprint. We are getting slated. I just want Camelot to tell the truth.”
Mr Walker previously insisted to The Sun Online that he had “nothing to hide”, and knows “the card hasn’t been tampered with”.
Following coverage of his plight which has gone viral, Mr Walker said today: “People are slating me. I am getting destroyed at the moment and I have done nothing wrong.
“The talk now is all about me, I don’t need this. I am going to the shops and people are talking about me, I have done nothing wrong. I feel like I have been dragged into the mud and I am not that person.”
Unemployed Mr Walker, who buys six scratchcards a day, believes there was a misprint on the scratchcard after he matched three symbols.
He has invited cops to his home to have a look at the ticket and says he is the one being “cheated”.
But Camelot has refuted the claim the altered card is a result of a misprint after launching an investigation into the issue.
A spokesperson said: “Based on the photo we were sent we were able to reconstruct the scratchcard in our system.
“We can confirm that an F has been altered to appear as an E and is therefore not a winning Scratchcard.
“The scratchcard has not been recalled and we will be reporting this matter to the police.”
Angela Mason, 57, is devastated and has accused the lotto giant of “cheating” her out of “life-changing” money.
Angela, from Willenhall, West Mids, bought a Pharaoh’s Fortune card last month – the same one which Eric Walker has this week been accused of “doctoring”.
She told The Sun Online: “At the Post Office they put in the code over and over again, but it wasn’t working. Everyone I had showed it to said it was a winner, but I emailed Camelot and five days later they replied and said I hadn’t scratched if off properly.
“If I had scratched off any more the card would have been wrecked.”
Camelot told Angela one of her ‘winning’ grid codes was an E5 – not the F5 that she had scratched – meaning the three symbols she revealed did not match up.
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