Man to go on trial accused of forging £2.5m lottery jackpot ticket

Edward Putman, the lottery winner who is due to go on trial
Edward Putman, the lottery winner who is due to go on trial
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A lottery winner is due to go on trial accused of forging a ticket to claim a £2.5 million top prize.

Edward Putman allegedly collected an outstanding jackpot with a faked ticket more than a decade ago.

Putman, of Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, denies fraud by false representation dating back to 2009.

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Hertfordshire Police previously said their serious fraud and cyber unit began investigating in 2015 after evidence came to light that the claim was not genuine.

The jackpot from a draw in March 2009 initially went unclaimed, but what was purported to be the winning ticket was produced before the deadline.

National Lottery operator Camelot paid out the £2,525,485 prize.

The trial is expected to open at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday morning.