Punter cries foul’ over football bet

PUBLISHED: 11:59 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

Wayne Greiner with his ticket

Wayne Greiner with his ticket

CASUAL punter Wayne Greiner thought he had hit the jackpot when a £20 Boxing Day flutter seemed to turn into a £4,700 windfall. The dad-of-two immediately started making plans to take his partner and her son on a dream holiday to South Africa to meet his

CASUAL punter Wayne Greiner thought he had hit the jackpot when a £20 Boxing Day flutter seemed to turn into a £4,700 windfall.

The dad-of-two immediately started making plans to take his partner and her son on a dream holiday to South Africa to meet his family.

But euphoria quickly turned to devastation when Wayne, from Station Approach, Knebworth, returned to Ladbrokes in Woodhall, Welwyn Garden City, to claim the winnings on his five-match accumulator football bet.

"They said they'd given me the wrong odds and my ticket was invalid!" said Wayne, 40.

"She said they'd give me £108 and no more. But it says in black and white on the ticket that it's worth £4,700!

"When I saw the football results on TV I was absolutely euphoric. I phoned my mum in South Africa and all my mates. I wanted to take my partner and her son to South Africa. We had all these wild plans in our heads. Now it's going to be hard."

A spokesman for Ladbrokes said betting slips were not legally binding and human error did occasionally creep into their system.

He said the odds on at least two of the five matches seemed wrong; 11-5 for Chelsea to beat Fulham and 5-1 for Manchester United to beat West Brom.

Wayne has so far refused to accept the £108 payout.

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