Washing machine lotto-claiming granny facing theft trial
A grandmother who staked a claim to a £33million National Lottery jackpot is facing a criminal trial after being accused of stealing a purse and an Xbox controller.
Susanne Hinte, from Warndon, Worcester, UK, pleaded not guilty to the offences last summer and is due back at Birmingham Magistrates' Court in March.
The 48-year-old, who claims her Lotto ticket bearing the winning numbers was badly damaged in a washing machine, is alleged to have committed the offences by taking the items from a home in January last year.
Ms Hinte has not commented on the furore surrounding her lottery claim and is believed to have deleted her Facebook page.
Vinny Bolina, spokesman for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said Ms Hinte had appeared in court under the name Suzanna Hint and was due to go on trial accused of theft on March 1.
Lottery operator Camelot is investigating several hundred claims of lost, damaged or stolen tickets after revealing that a ticket which shared the record £66 million jackpot on January 9 was sold in Worcester.
Ms Hinte is reported to have presented her crumpled ticket - which had a damaged barcode and no visible date - at Ambleside News in Worcester in the hours after the announcement.
Mother-of-two Susanne Hinte
Camelot has yet to obtain CCTV footage from the shop but described a report that Ms Hinte's claim had already been ruled out as "speculation".
Shopkeeper Natu Patel, who runs the store, told the Press Association that he has not looked at the footage from the days leading up to the draw.
Mr Patel said: "It's a question mark with a question mark. The CCTV is here and if Camelot want it they can have it.
"I'm not losing any sleep over it - Camelot's system will tell them where the ticket was bought."
In a statement, Camelot said it had not released details of the outlet where the winning ticket was purchased, and no retailer had been informed that they sold the winning ticket.
A Camelot spokeswoman added: "We would only release details of the shop if we received a valid claim and the ticket-holder subsequently took publicity.
"We still would urge all players to check their tickets and contact us if they think they have the winning one."