How a £1.7m win has led to a court case involving Betfred

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Playing online casino games is a thrill that millions love and all of us have one goal in mind; to scoop a jackpot – right? For one lucky punter from Lincolnshire, his luck went from bad to extremely good then back to bad, over a period of just five days!

Lifechanging win of £1.7million

Back in January this year, Andrew Green, a 52 year old father two deposited £100 into Betfred and decided to play Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven slot game. His sizeable deposit was only set to decrease, and Andrew found himself with just £3 left of his deposit, but his luck was due to change. He then turned his remaining £3 into a staggering £600,000 – but bigger things were set to come. After winning over half a million, Andrew couldn’t believe his luck when he landed a mage lifechanging win of £1.7million!

Shortly after winning, Andrew decided to celebrate with friends and family, so he extended his overdraft and shelled out more than £2,500 on the celebrations, but his joy was to turn to disbelief. Betfred called Andrew five days after he won – yes, FIVE DAYS later and told him that they would not be honouring his win! Blaming a software glitch, the bookmaker offered £60,000 in the form of compensation, but he would need to sign a nondisclosure agreement!

No Way Pedro!

The compensation was turned down instantly – and rightly so! Speaking to the UK news broadcaster; the BBC, Andrew said;

“They (Betfred) are quick to take people’s money but when it comes to paying out they offered money as a gagging agreement. They have buried their head in the sand. How many are there out there who have signed similar agreements? Over the last ten years how do I know all the money I lost wasn’t from glitches in the game and they’ve taken my money?”

Betfred had this to say on the unfortunate incident;

“Betfred loves to pay out all our jackpot winners, both big and small. Unfortunately, and as Mr Green is aware, a new game release suffered a software malfunction in January this year and no legitimate jackpot win occurred. Given that Mr Green is currently exploring his legal options, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further” said a Betfred spokesperson, but this has had no impact on Mr Green…

immediately, but they just won’t pay out for me, it’s like a big kick in the face. I would be able to get a mortgage and go on a nice holiday. There is no way this was a potential win and not an actual win. People would kill themselves over this.”

Andrew has taken the gambling company to court and believes he should not be punished for their mistakes. A pulmonary hearing took place last week, but we’re not likely to hear of an outcome until the new year.