Betfred is to pay a Lincolnshire man £1.7 million after a High Court judge found that the corporation lacked reasons to refuse a jackpot payout.
Andrew Green had the huge win on January 26, 2018, while playing the Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack game on his phone, but the gaming company withheld payment due to a suspected tech bug.
Terms and conditions
The company argued that the flaw caused the game, which was provided by Playtech and was its intellectual property, to pay out higher winnings than expected, and that this was protected in the game’s terms and conditions.
“I am of the clear view that these clauses in the terms and conditions are inadequate to exempt Betfred from the obligation to pay out on an ostensibly winning bet or series of bets,” Justice Foster said.
Green, who won £1,722,500.24 in all, spent £2,500 on family and friends after the victory, with Justice Foster reporting that when he called Betfred, they “did not seek at this point to suggest other than that he was a big winner.”
Green said that he was given £30,000 as a consolation gesture after originally contesting the verdict on the condition that he not comment about the incident. This bid was later raised to £60,000, which he turned down.
Win made life a misery
Green said during the long-running legal case, which began in the High Court in 2019, that he wishes he hadn’t earned the money because “it was just making my life a misery.”
He said in a statement issued after the verdict: “Along with my family, I have been through some very low times and become very down. My physical health has also suffered badly, and I sometimes wished I’d never won this money, because it was just making my life a misery.
“But today, I feel like the world has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel so incredibly happy and relieved – for me, my family and my legal team. The champagne can finally come off ice and be savoured.”
Later, a Betfred spokesman said the firm would not appeal the ruling and apologised to Green for the delay in collecting his funds.
“Mr Green won the jackpot three times whilst playing a game provided by one of our third-party suppliers,” a Betfred spokesperson said.
“The supplier reported a software problem to us and advised that we should withhold payment.
“However, we will abide by the court’s decision and not appeal. We would like to apologise to Mr Green for the delay in receiving his money.”