Woman Is Suing Bookies Because They Didn't Pay Out £1,000,000 On Winning Bet
A woman is currently locked in a legal battle with one of Britain's biggest bookmakers, as she has sued them for not paying out on a huge accumulator win.
The Mirror reports that 20-year-old Megan McCann has claimed she's owed £1,009,960 by Bet365 after winning a bet in which she placed almost £25,000 on 12 different horses.
However, the bookies with which she made the bet claim the original stake was supplied by a "third party," meaning she's in "flagrant breach" of its own terms and conditions.
A writ has been lodged in the High Court in Northern Ireland against the company that operates the online gambling site, Hillside (UK Sports) LP.
Her lawyers claim that the site's "no third party" clause rules that "the husband who puts a bet on the winner of X Factor for his wife, or on the winner of the Grand National would have those winnings 'robbed'."
In McCann's case she placed 960 £13 each way "Lucky 15" bets 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 Mirror reports.
A spokesman for bet365 told the Sunday Telegraph: "A full investigation has been carried out into the circumstances of the bet that was placed.
"bet365 is entirely satisfied the circumstances are such that winnings are not payable in relation to it. We expect this position to be upheld at trial.
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"We are not prepared to comment further whilst litigation is ongoing."
There are probably a lot of people thanking their lucky stars they aren't in this position. People like this guy, who won £823,000 from just £19 - the most Coral has ever paid out on a horse race, the Mirror reports.
The anonymous man, from Leicester, put money on five horses at Punchestown in April, but didn't realise he'd bagged over 800 grand until he got in from a night out on the following morning.
"I've been placing these accumulator bets pretty much every day for twenty years, and winning this bet is the realisation of a lifetime dream," he told the Mirror. "Over the years I've come close landing a big return a couple of times but kept hitting the woodwork, and now I've done it I feel remarkably calm. I don't know if I'll even carry on betting after this as I feel I've achieved my goal.
"My Dad was a bookie and got me into it when I was young. My first winning bet was on Desert Orchid when he won the 1986 King George.
"I've followed the sport and been placing these bets ever since. I never place singles, only accumulators and nearly always with three or more horses in them. I don't know what I'm going to do with the money, as it's only just sinking in, but I have a few ideas and it is going to change my life."
Betting - it's certainly bittersweet.
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