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Ex-Camelot chief receives £6million bonus despite approving £2.5million Lotto scam


A CAMELOT chief who signed off on Britain’s biggest Lotto scam has received nearly £6million in bonuses despite retiring seven years ago.

Ex-CEO Dame Dianne Thompson, 70, still gets an annual sum of about £800,000 under a long-term incentive plan.

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Ex-Lotto chief Dame Dianne Thompson approved a £2.5million pay-out to convicted rapist Edward Putnam in 2009[/caption]

It means Thompson — who approved a £2.5million pay-out to convicted rapist Edward Putnam in 2009 — has had an estimated £5.6million to date.

Putnam, 56, of Kings Langley, Herts, worked with a Camelot insider to land an unclaimed jackpot using a forged ticket.

He was jailed for nine years.

Camelot was fined £3million for not checking his claim properly.


Thompson’s deal is due to end this year when Camelot’s licence to run the Lotto expires.

Camelot said: “She remains eligible for payments that she has already earned.”

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