Punter misses Paddy Power payout over ‘little mistake’ that cost him £2,400

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A pensioner says he was rushed to hospital after his blood pressure went "sky high" when he was told by bookies that he didn't win a £2400 bet after making a "little mistake" on his betting slip.

Mick Keane, 83, couldn't believe his luck when four of his horses came in one after the other.

But the punter from Erdington, Birmingham said his dreams of going on a holiday were suddenly crushed when a bookie refused to hand over the full amount.

Paddy Power, located at One Stop Shopping Centre branch in Perry Barr, offered Mick just £364.48 for three winners instead of four because of an error on his slip over the time of one of the races, reports Birmingham Live.

Mick's mistake came when he selected his ride in the 4.10pm at Chepstow on Saturday, October 9, which was in fact the 4.05.

He picked Paint the Dream who did win at 15/2 but he was not able to get his full winnings.

He claimed staff changed his bet to the 4.10 at Newmarket and claimed they refused to transfer it to the Chepstow race even though he spotted his error before any of the races he had gambled on began.

But Paddy Power said Mick did not dispute the change of venue on the bet at the time and only complained when he returned later to pick up his winnings.

Speaking about the moment he realised a mistake on the slip, he said: “I left the shop but then noticed I made a little mistake with the time in the bet and went back in an hour before the races started.

“They said they had changed it to Newmarket. I said I wanted to change it to Chepstow. But they wouldn’t. No race of mine had gone off at all but they didn’t want to know.

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He continued: “I went home and later checked the winners and saw four of my horses came in.

“When I went back in they said they had changed what they put as the 4.10 at Newmarket now as a non-runner but they wouldn’t pay me on the 4.05 at Chepstow.

“I have been paid out before when they have said ‘we knew what you wanted to bet on’. But not Paddy Power.

“As a result of this my blood pressure shot through the roof. I put on a bit of a show at the bookmakers."

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The details of Mick’s bet were a £5 accumulator – on all five horses winning, five £2.50 quadruples, five £4 singles and a 50p Super Yankee – 26 bets on all possible combinations, singles, doubles, trebles, quadruples and an accumulator, costing £13.

His total bet was £51 – accepted by Paddy Power, although the selections add up to £50.50.

Mick has refused the £364.48 payout and said: “I am desperate. I needed that money to go on holiday with my son Julian. I got four winners and they will only pay me out on three.

“It’s like giving you a cream cake and they have taken the cream off.”

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A spokesman for Paddy Power told Birmingham Live: "Where a meeting is stated and there is no time or an incorrect time, with all multiple bets the selection will be void, unless the sequence of selections written on the slip make the intended time clear."

The firm added that when Mick returned to the shop he was told his incorrect Chepstow selection had been moved to the 4.10 at Newmarket, which was "something he did not dispute at that stage."

It said he then returned at 6pm and was told his winnings were £55 and that was "the only time he disputed the Chepstow/Newmarket issue".

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