A Mark Six punter who had his name cleared last week over the faking of a lottery ticket has vowed to pursue his claim for the $5 million first prize, which he claims he won. But Hong Kong Jockey Club chiefs said Lam Sze-chuen, 26, had no chance of getting the cash. The businessman says he is considering suing the Jockey Club after he ended up serving four months in jail for the offence, of which he was cleared last week. Mr Lam was found guilty last November at the Eastern Court of using a false instrument and was jailed for 11 months. Last Wednesday his conviction was quashed and his sentence set aside by Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun, who allowed his appeal in the Court of First Instance. Mr Lam had earlier been released on bail pending appeal after he served nearly four months behind bars. Speaking after having his name cleared, he insisted he had presented a genuine ticket to the Jockey Club and the discrepancies found on it were the result of a machine fault. 'Of course I will take action against the Jockey Club. I am entitled to the prize. It should be responsible for its machine fault which rendered my lottery ticket void,' Mr Lam said. Mr Lam approached Jockey Club headquarters with a ticket on January 12, 1999, claiming he had won the $5,222,060 first prize. But a club supervisor found the hand-marked numbers on the front of the ticket did not match the printed numbers on the back. A test on the ticket led to the conclusion that adhesive tape had been stuck to the surface before the first marking. Mr Lam said he had marked the numbers on the front of the ticket and then put it into a self-service machine for validation. The machine normally validates the hand-marked numbers and prints them on the back of the ticket. Mr Justice Tong allowed Mr Lam's appeal after finding the trial magistrate had not 'sufficiently canvassed' the possibility of a machine malfunction before convicting him. Mr Lam said he no longer had the ticket which had been handed to the Jockey Club for examination - but would go ahead and press it to give him the money. He said he would also ask the club to compensate him for being wrongly jailed. 'I have spent four months in prison and my business on the mainland was greatly affected. I believe there is rule of law in Hong Kong and I should be compensated,' he said. A Jockey Club spokeswoman said the money would not be given to Mr Lam even if he had not been prosecuted. 'According to the lottery rules, the prize money will be given to holders of tickets where the hand-marked numbers and validation numbers match. 'In Mr Lam's case, as there was a discrepancy on his ticket, the club will not give the money to him,' the club spokeswoman said. Club computer records showed there was one first-prize winner of the Mark Six draw in question and the money had already been claimed.