Limerick family in row with bookmakers over winning Euromillions bet

David Hurley

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David Hurley

TEN members of the same family are to seek legal advice after a leading bookmaking chain refused to honour what they insist were valid bets.

TEN members of the same family are to seek legal advice after a leading bookmaking chain refused to honour what they insist were valid bets.

Ann O’Brien from Ballynanty along with nine members of her extended family each placed €2 bets at the Ladbrokes shop in Thomondgate last Friday night on the outcome of that night’s Euromillions draw.

The wagers, which were placed shortly after 8pm, predicted that the numbers 1, 6 and 12 would be among the five numbers drawn in the main draw which was made in Paris at 8.30 on Friday night.

Ann and her family had attened an anniversary mass earlier in the day and she said the numbers they chose have a special significance with the family.

According to Ann, the total winnings would have come to €15,000.

“The numbers were significant to us and they came up but when we went to claim the money they would not pay us the money,” said Ann, who was referred to the customer service department.

A spokesperson for Ladbrokes head office in Britain told the Limerick Leader that the company only accepts wagers on the Euromillions draw via its website and does not accept such bets in any of its stores.

The spokesman said the bets should not have been accepted by staff at the Thomondgate store and that they should be declared void.

“If the bets were accepted it was misunderstanding,” said the spokesman.

A disclaimer on the Ladbrokes website would seem to back up the company’s stance but Ann O’Brien says she’s not backing down.

“They have offered us our original stake back but what I’m saying is that they should honour the bet, because a bet is a bet, and we want our bet to be honoured,” she said.