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Betfred: lost her long-running legal battle with punter Andy Green after winning £ 1.7 million through an online game
A punter has won a long-running legal battle with Betfred after the Supreme Court ruled in his favor following the bookmaker’s refusal to pay out a £ 1.7 million jackpot.
Andy Green, 54, from Lincolnshire, won the huge sum playing an online blackjack game on his phone in January 2018, but Betfred claimed that a ‘defect’ meant he did not have the right to claim the winnings.
However, a full court judge ruled in favor of Green on Wednesday, meaning he will now receive the full sum plus interest more than three years later.
In a statement released after the verdict, Green, who first took the case to the Supreme Court in April 2019, said: “Together with my family, I have experienced some very empty times and I have become very down. .
“My physical health also suffered badly, and I sometimes wish I had never won this money because it just made my life a misery.
“But today I feel like the world has been lifted from my shoulders and I feel so incredibly happy and relieved – for me, my family and my legal team. The champagne can finally come from ice and be enjoyed.”
‘We will abide by the court’s decision’
Lawyers for Betfred argued that Green, who had played Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack, was not entitled to the winnings because the game contained a defect that made it more likely to pay out higher amounts in winnings than intended. and that this was covered in the terms of the game.
But Judge Justice Foster ruled that the conditions were “unsatisfactory” and did not cover the circumstances of the case.
She said: “I am of the clear view that these clauses in the terms and conditions are not sufficient to exempt Betfred from the obligation to pay for an apparently winning bet or series of bets.”
Betfred apologized for the delay in receiving his money and said they would not appeal against the ruling.
A Betfred spokesman said: “Mr Green won the jackpot three times while playing a game provided by one of our third party suppliers.
“The supplier reported a software problem to us and advised us to withhold payment. However, we will abide by the court’s decision and not appeal. We would like to apologize to Mr Green for the delay in receiving his money. . “
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