Belfast student sues bet365 for £1m

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 10, 2017

A student from Northern Ireland has launched legal action against Bet365 after accusing the gambling operator of refusing to pay out a winning bet of just over £1m (€1.1m/$1.3m).

McCann said she is owed £1,009,960 by Bet365 after betting £24,960 on 12 different horses in various races, winning £985,000 as a result.

She has lodged a writ against Hillside LP, the company which operates bet365, in the High Court in Northern Ireland.

The then 19-year-old Megan McCann, a student from Belfast in Northern Ireland, thought she had won a life-changing £1,009,960 from a stake of almost £25,000, having placed 960 £13 each-way Lucky 15 bets on 12 horses running at Bath and Kempton in the United Kingdom and Naas in Ireland on June 22, 2016.

Bet365 insist Miss McCann breached a "no third party" rule which says the whole stake has to be put up by the customer alone.

The customer in question has vowed to take the matter to court to get her winnings paid out to her, but Bet365 are sticking to their guns and have said that as it clearly says in their terms and conditions that their customer much bet with their own money they will win any court case!

Lawyers representing the student said the company's rules mean "the husband who puts a bet on the victor of X Factor for his wife, or on the victor of the Grand National would have those winnings "robbed".

Lawyers added: "Our client's case is very straightforward".

Miss McCann - who was 19 when she placed the bet in June past year - claims that she is owed at least $1,711,489 by Bet365, which was co-founded and run by English businesswoman Denise Coates.

The bookmaker has reportedly refused to pay out Miss McCann's winnings as well as her initial stake of $42,290.

However, in response, Bet365 lawyers said: "You claim that this dispute is simply about your client placing a bet; and being entitled to winnings".

Yet the company has hit back, apparently claiming that Megan is guilty of fraud by false representation, a cheater or an attempted cheater.

The bet365 spokesperson further dwelt that the company has carried out an investigation into the occurrence and that it has found out that the above-mentioned winnings were not payable due to serious violations. The operator believes that its position will be upheld in court. "We are not prepared to comment further whilst litigation is ongoing".

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