The UKGC licensed betting operator Betfred lost a High Court Battle against Andrew Green, after the betting firm refused to pay out his winnings of £1.7 million won from one of their online casinos.
Andrew Green, 54 from Lincolnshire won the jackpot back in January 2018, whilst playing a popular casino game on his phone. As a consequence of this, Betfred blamed malfunction of the game win and deemed the win not to be legitimate.
Green decided then to take the well known bookmaker to the courts and initiated a lengthy legal battle to claim his winnings and the High Court decided to rule in Green’s favour, with Judge Foster saying that the betting firm had no grounds what so ever to withhold the payment.
When speaking to the Press Association after the judgement, Andrew Green was quoted to be, “numb, very very numb, and “pleased that it’s over and done with”.
Andrew continued and said that “This to me today is not just a win for me, it’s a win for everybody that they can’t treat people like this.”
Green won the jackpot on the popular game Magic Seven on BetFreds Online Casino, but immediately after winning the jackpot, Betfred refused to pay out the winnings and said in a statement at the time, “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.”
Green has then explained that he did not do any wrongdoings, only played a game on their website. As a brand new jackpot winner, he was congratulated for several days from representatives from Betfred, and then the winnings were snatched away from him.
He also stated in a statement that he wished he never won the jackpot, knowing that this process would take more than three years to settle, but today he feels like the world has been lifted off his shoulders and that he is relieved.
According to BBC, Betfred has stated that they will not appeal against the ruling, and apologised for the delay in Mr Green receiving his money.