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Couple who 'faked [pounds sterling]200k scratchcard win' filmed buying 'lucky' ticket at shop; Eric Walker and girlfriend Amanda Emmadi have denied claims they altered the Pharoah's Fortune to make it look like a winner.

Byline: Chris kitching

CCTVfootage has emerged showing a couple buying scratchcards on the day they claim they won a [pounds sterling]200,000 jackpot on a ticket with a "misprint".

Eric Walker, 54, and girlfriend Amanda Emmadi, 37, have denied claims that they altered the Pharoah's Fortune card to make it look like a winner.

Video shows the pair - who were refused the six-figure prize and face allegations of fraud - approaching a counter in a convenience store in Sheffield and buying tickets separately.

Lottery organisersCamelotalerted police after the couple came forward, claiming the letter F had been "altered" to look like an E, and the ticket is not a winner.

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Eric and Amanda have angrily hit out at lottery bosses, and complained that they are being "slandered".

Amanda told theSun Online:"Camelot are a load of bulls**t."

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."

Eric, an unemployed dad-of-four who buys six scratchcards a day, tried to claim the jackpot, but it was refused.

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He has denied altering the ticket, saying: "I'm no cheat."

Eric, from Sheffield, South Yorks, claims he had scratched three matching symbols on the National Lottery's [pounds sterling]3-a-time Pharaoh's Fortune card.

Each card has 16 co-ordinates and a grid where players must scratch off the corresponding squares.

The jackpot is awarded when all three pharaohs are revealed.

On Eric's card, the co-ordinate F5 appears to have been changed to an E5. Both squares have been scratched off, with E5 revealing the third pharaoh.

He denies doctoring the card and claims it was the result of a misprint.

He claims he won the jackpot "fair and square", and says the money would be "life-changing" for him and Amanda.

Eric said previously: "In my eyes I've won [pounds sterling]200,000 and I'm being cheated out of the money.

"They're trying to tell me that an F has been changed to an E but I bought the ticket and scratched it myself.

"I haven't doctored it, I'm not trying to cheat.

"If it's a misprint then that's their fault and they should still pay out, it's nothing to do with me.

"I'm going to keep pressure on Camelot to sort this out, I'm not willing to let it go."

Eric said he bought the scratchcard from a Premier corner shop near his house three weeks ago and scratched it straight away.

Video shows Amanda on the phone at the shop counter in a white coat as she buys several scratchcards from the store on East Road in Sheffield on November 25, the Sun Online reports.

Eric - wearing a hat and green jumper - is seen buying tickets at the same shop on the same day in a separate sale.

Camelot has denied the couple's claims that the card had a misprint.

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."

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Date:Dec 14, 2018
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