Edward Putman on holidayCredit:ROBIN BELL Mr Keeley said the defendant eventually submitted the correct code at a shop in High Wycombe, on August 29 2009.But he said went on: “He was lying. He did not hold the winning ticket, but a forgery created by Mr Knibbs. The real winning ticket may still be out there, for the real winner has never been identified.”Evidence suggested Mr Knibbs was paid an initial £280,000 from Mr Putman for his part in the alleged con, followed by much smaller increments totalling £50,000.But he was angry not to receive more and the pair clashed bitterly in 2015 over what he considered had been Mr Putnam’s “betrayal”.The court was told how a friend staying with Mr Knibbs before his suicide claimed he had been “terrified” that the lottery fraud would emerge.Mr Keeley explained that Mr Knibbs’ suicide in 2015 prompted police to carry out an investigation into the lottery win.This initial investigation was impeded by Camelot’s inability to locate the original of the forged ticket, the court was told, but the case was re-opened in 2017 when ticket was located by an employee,Mr Putman from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, denies fraud by false representation and the trial continues. Then with the deadline to claim the prize rapidly approaching, Mr Putman allegedly visited 29 different shops providing a different ticket each time, before the right number was found. Opening the case against Mr Putman, prosecutor, James Keeley, said the pair had acted together to defraud the National Lottery.He said: “Although the prosecution say Mr Knibbs received some of the proceeds of the lottery win from the defendant, Mr Knibbs did not feel that he had received his fair share and felt let down by him. It was this sense of injustice that came to a head in June 2015.”The court heard how Mr Knibbs, who worked for Camelot between 2004 and 2010, had been in the office late one night, when he saw a document containing details of the big wins that had not been claimed.The real winning ticket had been bought at a Co-op store in Worcester on March 11 2009 but had never been submitted. Mr Keeley explained that there had been “some trial and error” in producing a successful forged ticket because there were 100 different possible unique codes printed on the bottom.The court was told that Mr Knibbs created numerous different specimens of the forged ticket, each with a different combination of code numbers. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary, blackmail and criminal damage, but took his own life four months later with the allegations still hanging over him.During the subsequent police investigation it emerged that before his suicide he had confided in friends about the alleged scam because he was terrified it would be exposed. Edward Putman’s home Credit:south beds news agency For six years, builder Edward Putman is alleged to have lived happily on the proceeds of an apparent £2.5million lottery windfall.But the “secret” fraud was exposed when a friend killed himself following an angry confrontation over how the winnings were divided, a court heard.Mr Putman, 54, is accused of submitting a fake ticket in 2009 in order to claim an unclaimed jackpot.St Albans Crown Court heard how he conspired with his friend Giles Knibbs – who worked in the security department at Camelot – to generate a fake winning ticket for the outstanding prize.But having effectively got away with the crime for six years, the alleged fraud was exposed in 2015 when the pair fell out bitterly over the division of the proceeds. The jury was told that Mr Knibbs has only received around £330,000 of the £2,525,485 jackpot and in June 2015 broke into Mr Putnam’s home to confront him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.