The publicity of his mother’s attempt to win half of a £33million jackpot by saying she washed the ticket in the washing machine also helped push Brandon Scott into crime, his solicitor said.
The son of a renowned ‘Lotto grandma’ who tried to claim more than £15million by saying she accidentally washed the winning ticket turned criminal after his mother’s death, a court has heard.
Brandon Scott has been banned from a number of businesses to “give them a break” as his life turned to drug use and criminal behavior after he found Susanne Hinte’s body in August 2019.
The notoriety of his mother’s attempt to claim half of a £33 million jackpot The allegation that the ticket was destroyed in the washing machine contributed to Scott’s slide into addiction and crime, his attorney said.
The 24-year-old admitted to 11 robberies, including stealing a schoolboy’s bicycle, and was hit by the court on Friday (25 June) with a criminal conduct order banning him from a shop in Malvern and the surrounding area.
Worcester Magistrates Court heard that Scott had been a “mummy boy” and was heartbroken by his mother’s death.
He sobbed as his lawyer explained how his mother claimed half of the £33million Lotto jackpot prize and said she put the winning ticket in the washing machine.
Judith Kenny, defending herself, said: “Brandon Scott was close to his mother, he would say he was a ‘mummy boy’.
“He found her fighting and she died.
“Before, he had to deal with her fame as the ‘Lotto Grandma’ with the washed lottery ticket.
“He struggled with that too.
“Not long after that he lost his home and a child. He became addicted to Class A drugs – an opportunity to bury his problems.
“When it caught him, he got involved in criminal activities.”
Scott, from Powick, Worcs., was banned from entering or loitering outside a number of stores including Londis, Wilko, Island, Waitrose, Matalan, Co-op, Tesco Express and Bradfords Building Supplies. He is also banned from B&M in Worcester and a cooperative in Pershore. The order also states that he is not allowed to hang around outside shops with his ex-partner Natalie Cull.
Sarah Hurd, Prosecutor, said: “They exist [the shops] all break. He can do it and accepts that he will do it.”
The court heard he stole £208 worth of pizzas, steaks, cheese, ice lolly, clothes, cleaning supplies and dishwashing liquid between September 2021 and this January.
Scott also stole toys, advent calendars, LED lights, candles and electric toothbrushes from a Wilko store in Malvern.
In May, Scott became the subject of another 12-month community order requiring him to complete 20 days of rehabilitation.
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He was also given a 16-week curfew and ordered to pay the victim £300 in compensation, the shops £262 and a £95 victim’s surcharge.
Susanne earned the nickname “Lotto Gran” in January 2016 after sending a lottery ticket to Camelot asking if she had won half of the National Lottery jackpot.
She made a failed bid for the mega payout, saying she put the winning ticket in the wash with a pair of jeans.
Camelot was unable to verify the numbers and the real winner, choosing to remain anonymous, came forward.
She died in August 2017, aged 49, of complications from a suspected heart attack at her home in Borrowdale Drive, Worcester.
Paramedics and police were called to her semi-detached home after she was found unresponsive by Brandon, who was 18 at the time.
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