Betfred punter wins High Court battle over refusal to pay £1.7m jackpot

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A punter has won a High Court battle against betting firm Betfred over its refusal to pay a £1.7 million jackpot he won in an online casino.

After the judgment ruled in his favour Andrew Green, 54, said: "I'm numb, very numb. Pleased it's over and done with, still so unreal.

"I don't know what to say, it's just unreal, we finally got it to an end, there's relief."

Betfred withheld the jackpot because they said there was a software error and the company's terms and conditions meant it could withheld payment.

Mr Green, from Washingborough, Lincolnshire, said he hit the jackpot playing a blackjack game on his phone in January 2018.

He brought legal action against the firm at the High Court in London, where he asked Mr Justice Foster to either rule in his favour of strike out Betfred's defence to his claim at a hearing in October last year.

Mr Green said: "This to me today isn't just a win for me, it's a win for everybody that they can't treat people like this.

"People who use these platforms hopefully will realise with my story there is justice out there and don't be bullied by these people and in the end, justice will be theirs, it will happen as it has for me.

"I did nothing wrong, I played a game, I was congratulated for five days on being a millionaire, and then it was snatched away from me."

The punter had been playing the Betfred Frankie Dettori Magic Seven Blackjack in January 2018 when his online account was credited with £1,722,923.54.

He tried to withdraw the huge sum of money, but the request was declined.

Mr Green took some screenshots of his prove his balance but a Betfred director claimed there had been a "software error" and was rejecting the claim.

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Following the win he had extended his overdraft and spent more than £2,500 celebrating with friends and family.

The company offered him £60,000 as a gesture of "goodwill" on the condition that he would not talk about the case, but Mr Green rejected it.

He launched the case against Betfred and its Gibraltar-based parent company Petfre for £2 million, inclusive of the interest he would have earned from the win.

Mr Green added: "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."

Betfred apologised for the delay in Mr Green receiving his money and said it would not appeal against the ruling.

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