Online gambler wins court case by £ 1.7m after Betfred refused to pay
When Andrew Green scooped a £ 1.7m jackpot at an online casino, he never imagined it would take three years of mishap and the stress of legal action.
Now finally the champagne will flow after the 34-year-old from Lincolnshire won a court case against the winning gambling company Betfred on Wednesday, refusing to pay out his 2018 win due to a "defect" in the game.
Green will now receive £ 1, 722,923.54 winnings plus interest after the judge ruled that one of the terms and conditions set by Betfred in the game were "just not relevant to the circumstances of the case at all".
Betfred apologized to Green for the delay in payout and said he would not appeal against the ruling.
Green won money in a game called Frankie Dettori's Magic Seven Blackjack in January 2018 on an online platform operated by Betfred. For five days, he believed he was a millionaire. But when he tried to withdraw his winnings, he was rejected.
Betfred's lawyers argued that the bookmaker was not required to pay as the game contained a "flaw" that increased the likelihood of paying a higher sum than intended.
Green was devastated and felt "robbed." In a post-victory statement in the courtroom, he said: “The last three years have felt like hell on earth. I think Betfred treated me badly, but today it's not about Betfred - I'm just excited that I finally won my case.
“My family and I experienced very bad times and got very depressed. My physical health also suffered a lot and at times I regretted never having won this money because it just made my life difficult.
“But today I feel like the world has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel incredibly happy and relieved - for me, my family and my legal team. The champagne can finally come off the ice and be tasted. "
Green, who said he was "very numb" after his victory, encouraged others who had made a mistake against the bookmaker's rules to challenge them and said his case showed that justice could be obtained.
"This is not only a win for me, but for everyone in a similar position," he said. "I didn't do anything wrong, I played the game, was congratulated on being a millionaire for five days, and then it was taken from me."
At a hearing in October, Green's lawyers asked Ms Justice Foster to either rule in his favor or cross Betfred in defense of his claim. Betfred's lawyers argued that the dispute should be resolved through a full trial. But Mrs. Justice Foster ruled in Green's favor.
In her ruling, she stated: “I am convinced that these clauses in the terms and conditions are inadequate to exempt Betfred from paying outs on an apparently winning bet or series of bets. "
Green's lawyer Peter Coyle of the law firm Coyle White Devine said: “I am absolutely delighted with Andy and his family… Our justice has done exactly the right thing and will give hope to others who may think that big, rich guys always win. "
Green said his victory might not collapse for weeks, adding: "People keep coming and congratulating me on being a millionaire, but I think it will take a long time. "
A Betfred spokesman said: “Mr. Green won the jackpot three times playing a game provided by one of our third party providers. The supplier reported to us a software problem and recommended stopping the payment. However, we will abide by the court's decision and we will not appeal. We would like to apologize to Mr. Green for the delay in receiving the money. "