November 21, 2018 11.47 am This story is over 44 months old

Lincoln gambler denied £1.7m jackpot ‘glitch’ win

He took Betfred to court

A Lincoln gambler who supposedly won a £1.7 million jackpot is fighting Betfred in court after they refused to pay out.

Andrew Green, from North Hykeham, was playing a new blackjack game on his phone when he won the money.

The 52-year-old was playing Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven for six hours and started off with £100 in his account before hitting the jackpot.

Betfred confirmed that he had won a staggering £1,722,923.54 when Andrew called them. So he went to a pub with his friends and ran up a £2,500 bill to celebrate.

Four days later the betting company told Andrew that he only won because of a “system malfunction” and that they wouldn’t be giving him the money.

He was playing Magic Seven when he hit the jackpot. Photo: BBC News

They paid off Andrew’s £2,500 bill that he racked up celebrating and offered him £60,000 if he kept quiet about the win.

Andrew is now taking legal action against Betfred, after they refused to provide evidence of any glitches in the game.

In response to the trial, a spokesperson for Betfred said: “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.

“Given that Mr Green is currently exploring his legal options, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

The trial continues.