Pay The Lady: British Student Takes Bookmaker To Court Over £1 Million Winning Bet

by | 07.11.2017 | 1:35pm

A British student has filed a lawsuit against one of Britain's largest bookmakers for their refusal to pay out over £1 million on a winning wager.

The Telegraph reports that the student, Megan McCann, who was 19 at the time, has filed suit against Hillside (UK Sports) LP, which operates as the online betting company ‘bet365'. The lawsuit was filed in the High Court of Northern Ireland.

In documents filed with the court, McCann claims that she is owed £1,009,960 by bet365, a company which was co-founded and run by Denise Coates, the wealthiest businesswoman in Britain. Coates is said to be worth £3.2 billion.

According to the Telegraph, McCann wagered “almost £25,000 on 12 different horses in four relatively obscure races, winning £985,000.” The betting firm has refused to honor the wager, stating that McCann was in “flagrant breach” of its terms and conditions. The company is convinced that McCann's betting stake was provided by a ‘third party', and has accused McCann of fraud and cheating.

McCann fervently denies any wrongdoing. According to the Telegraph, McCann's wager “involved a total of 960 £13 each way ‘Lucky 15' bets placed on 12 horses running in the 6.10 at Bath, the 7.20 at Kempton, and the 7.00 and 8.30 at Naas in Ireland on June 22 last year.”

The company has withheld McCann's winnings as well as her initial stake of £24,960, stating that she broke the ‘no third party' rule. McCann's lawyers “dispute that she agreed to such a rule, which are buried within terms and conditions which are ‘too lengthy, too complex and much too vague for the average customer to understand.'”

Read more in the Telegraph

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