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Online Gambler Refused £1.7m Prize Wins High Court Case

Written by, Toni Maglovski

Updated September, 21, 2021

After three years of legal disputes, Andrew Green can finally claim the £1.7 million jackpot he won in an online casino. Yesterday, the 54-year-old Lincolnshire resident won his High Court case against gambling company Betfred that withheld his winnings over what they called “a defect” in the game.

Andrew Green, a father of three, won the money in 2018 playing a game called Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack. However, when he attempted to claim his money, the company denied his request. 

The firm’s lawyers said that Betfred was not liable to pay because the game had a “defect”, making it more likely to pay out higher winnings than was intended. They argued that Mr.Green hit the jackpot in a game provided by a third-party supplier, who had previously reported a software issue and advised the company to withhold payment. 

Now thanks to Wednesday’s ruling, he will receive his winnings in full, plus interest.

Betfred has apologised to Mr.Green for the delay and stated that they would not appeal the verdict. 

There are 24 million adult gamblers in the UK actively taking part in the billions worth industry, increasing the odds of someone else being the victim of foul play by betting firms. It was those people that Mr.Green addressed after winning the case. He encouraged them to seek justice, saying that this was a win not just for him but for others in a similar position as well. 

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