A grandfather was left fuming after missing out on £1,000 after a high street bookmaker refused to pay out on a 40/1 Premier League bet.
Phil Worthington, who’s a retired electrician, opted to put £25 on Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea to finish in the top three last season, and for Norwich, Burnley, and Watford to be relegated. The punter, who’s from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was rubbing his hands in glee after the bets came in.
But when he went to cash in the winnings at gambling franchise Coral, he was told the bet had been allowed ‘by mistake’. Phil is now pondering whether to take further action with a small claims court, in a bid to get what he feels he is owed.
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Phil said to MEN: "I like a bet on a Saturday morning. I saw a tip in a national newspaper on January 15th this year for what they called 'a monster' of a bet with Coral at 40/1 odds for the top three and relegation three in the Premier League.
“I went to the bookies later that day and said I would like to do the bet. "I showed the newspaper to the manager in the shop. He said he would have to check first, and I waited about 20 minutes while he did. He said yes I could place a bet of £25. I then asked him to sign my betting slip which he did.
"When I went back to collect my winnings I was told the bet was 'a mistake'. They offered me odds of 2/1 which would have meant £50 but I refused.
"I have been back to the shop three times since but they will not pay out the full winnings. How can they pick and choose when they will pay out? It is unbelievable. Coral are making millions, and morally they should pay up. After I placed this bet I had other bets at Coral – they were happy to take the money off me. I am thinking of paying more money to lodge a claim against Coral in the small claims court."
Coral said in a statement: "The information printed in The Sun editorial section on this particular special bet was incomplete and therefore inaccurate, due to a mistake made when transmitting that information to The Sun.
"The 40/1 special price we were offering at that time was for Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to finish 1-2-3-4 in that order and for Burnley, Watford and Norwich to finish 18-19-20 in that order.
The statement continued: "The Sun copy didn’t specify the fact that it was to finish in the correct order but, even more importantly, left off Arsenal for the top four correct finishing order, rendering it a significantly more likely outcome at that stage and therefore a significantly shorter price to occur.
"We have never offered a price in our system on any special bet for Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea to finish top three and for Burnley, Watford and Norwich to finish bottom three in any order.”
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