A Northern Ireland student is taking on powerful betting company Bet365 after they refused to give her a £1million payout.
Megan McCann, who was 19 when she placed her bet, has lodged a claim against Bet365 in the High Court in Northern Ireland against Hillside (UK Sports) LP, the company which operates the online betting company.
The teenager, who lives near Belfast, claims that she is owed a total of £1,009,960 by bet365, which was co-founded and run by Denise Coates, who is said to be worth £3.2 billion.
Ms McCann last year placed a total stake of almost £25,000 on the horses, and would have come out £985,000 better off had bet365 not refused the payout.
The bets stood across 12 different horses, in four somewhat unclear races.
Bet365 refused to pay out on the basis that they were led to believe the stake was funded by ‘a third party’. Apparently, bet365 have a ‘no third party rule’ in their terms and conditions.
It has now been claimed that Megan broke the rules by putting up the bet by herself.
Her lawyers wrote: ‘Our client’s case is very straightforward. She placed a bet with your client. She won. She is entitled to her winnings.’
Bet 365 responded by saying “Our client has reasonable grounds to suspect your client to be guilty of criminal offences including fraud by false representation; cheating or attempted cheating.”