Punter told £1m winning ticket is worthless

Jordan Donnellan outside Ladbrokes in Consett with his betting receipt.

Jordan Donnellan outside Ladbrokes in Consett with his betting receipt.

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A TEENAGE barman who thought he had scooped £1m after correctly guessing the winners of 14 football matches has been told he filled in the wrong form and has won nothing.

Jordan Donnellan, 19, from Consett, County Durham, who predicted the outcome of the games at the weekend, believed his £1 accumulator had made him an overnight millionaire.

Friends celebrated his success at the pub on Sunday evening and on Monday staff at Ladbrokes in Middle Street in Consett confirmed the good news.

Mr Donnellan, who works over the road in the Coach and Horses, was told to come back later as the shop "did not have that kind of money on the premises".

But instead of making him a wealthy man he was given the news that his betting slip was worthless.

Mr Donnellan, who planned to pay off some debts, save the money and continue with his ambition to become an apprentice firefighter with the RAF, said: “All of that money wouldn’t have changed me but it would have been really nice and would have helped out a lot.”

Mr Donnellan went to The Traveller’s Rest in Consett on Sunday to watch the football when he realised he only needed three more wins to make him a rich man.

After Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0 in Seville and Stoke beat Aston Villa at Villa Park 4-1, a group of about 25 people stayed for the 14th and final game between Catania and Juventus.

Argentinean Carlos Teves put Juve ahead in the 59th minute, and, as word had spread, the final whistle signalled a time for celebration in the pub.

Mr Donnellan’s mother even bought a giant round of shots to toast the family’s good fortune and partying continued into the night.

He said: “I left the receipt at home. I did not want to take it out in case I lost it.

“I genuinely believed I was going to win a million pounds and there were some people who stayed with me to see how it went.

“The atmosphere was amazing. It was a brilliant night. Everyone was cheering.”

The following morning, when he went to collect his winnings staff initially congratulated Mr Donnellan, a former pupil at St Leonard’s Catholic School in Durham.

He said: “The woman was looking at the scores and ticked them off. She looked up and smiled and said ‘I think you might have won, do you want a hug?'.

“She had to ring her area manager because they did not have that sort of cash.”

But when he returned three hours later a friend who had been discussing the bet with staff told Mr Donnellan it had been deemed invalid.

He later learned he had filled in a Weekend Result Rush, which requires both teams to have scored, instead of a Weekend Quickslip.

He was told he would have been entitled to "only a few hundred pounds", had he filled in the correct form, rather than the bumper jackpot he had been expecting.

Mr Donnellan said: “As I was about to go back in a mate who had been in the betting shop told me my bet was wrong.

“I didn’t want to believe it. I said ‘are you joking?’ But he had been in talking to the woman. When I went in she said ‘we have a little problem'.”

A spokesman for Ladbrokes declined to comment.

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9:50am Wed 26 Mar 14

hippyjohn says...

bookies are like insurance companies, always have a get out of jail card
bookies are like insurance companies, always have a get out of jail card hippyjohn
  • Score: 39

10:20am Wed 26 Mar 14

Dukes says...

shocking i hope their pay him out, because he has proof.
shocking i hope their pay him out, because he has proof. Dukes
  • Score: -53

11:14am Wed 26 Mar 14

Boroboy01 says...

Ladbrokes did me a few years ago on something similar, not to this value, and used a similar excuse, as the form was on carbon copy and unclear of where the tick was. They have not had a penny off me since, and will never get a penny again. I know it wont affect their bank balance but makes me feel better.
Joe public gets locked up for robbery
Ladbrokes did me a few years ago on something similar, not to this value, and used a similar excuse, as the form was on carbon copy and unclear of where the tick was. They have not had a penny off me since, and will never get a penny again. I know it wont affect their bank balance but makes me feel better. Joe public gets locked up for robbery Boroboy01
  • Score: 25

11:37am Wed 26 Mar 14

wrightyalmighty says...

Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company
Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company wrightyalmighty
  • Score: 118

12:01pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cromwell1599 says...

wrightyalmighty wrote:
Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company
Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.
[quote][p][bold]wrightyalmighty[/bold] wrote: Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake. cromwell1599
  • Score: 31

12:19pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Pierremontquaker03 says...

If I gamble, and I only do it on the odd occassion I always do it on line - avoids issues like this - where not only I could do a mistake, but also a member of staff could make a mistake. Feel sorry for the guy but rules are rules.
If I gamble, and I only do it on the odd occassion I always do it on line - avoids issues like this - where not only I could do a mistake, but also a member of staff could make a mistake. Feel sorry for the guy but rules are rules. Pierremontquaker03
  • Score: 12

12:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

BobbyB176 says...

If betting shops were paying 1,000,000 to 1 for 14 correct football predictions then we'd all be having a punt for £1!!!! Normally you'd be lucky to get £1000 back let alone a million
If betting shops were paying 1,000,000 to 1 for 14 correct football predictions then we'd all be having a punt for £1!!!! Normally you'd be lucky to get £1000 back let alone a million BobbyB176
  • Score: 35

12:44pm Wed 26 Mar 14

stanleynproud says...

sorry wrightyalmighty lad didn't notice! no arguments he didn't win.
sorry wrightyalmighty lad didn't notice! no arguments he didn't win. stanleynproud
  • Score: 13

1:30pm Wed 26 Mar 14

studio says...

Dukes wrote:
shocking i hope their pay him out, because he has proof.
Proof of what?? filling in the wrong form?

Only himself to blame Im afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Dukes[/bold] wrote: shocking i hope their pay him out, because he has proof.[/p][/quote]Proof of what?? filling in the wrong form? Only himself to blame Im afraid. studio
  • Score: 24

1:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Lionel1 says...

hippyjohn wrote:
bookies are like insurance companies, always have a get out of jail card
hardly a 'get out of jail card' or victim of the 'small print' - the slip was incorrectly filled in! no wonder they didn't pay out, why would they?!? Sometimes I wonder...
[quote][p][bold]hippyjohn[/bold] wrote: bookies are like insurance companies, always have a get out of jail card[/p][/quote]hardly a 'get out of jail card' or victim of the 'small print' - the slip was incorrectly filled in! no wonder they didn't pay out, why would they?!? Sometimes I wonder... Lionel1
  • Score: 22

1:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Darloresident says...

Wish we could see his till generated betting receipt..
It will state that it is a bet where the outcome is on whether each team score or not with Yes or No next to the games picked.
No way can this bet be even mistaken for the Football quickslip which relies on a win,draw,lose result.
Is this an early April Fool story??
Wish we could see his till generated betting receipt.. It will state that it is a bet where the outcome is on whether each team score or not with Yes or No next to the games picked. No way can this bet be even mistaken for the Football quickslip which relies on a win,draw,lose result. Is this an early April Fool story?? Darloresident
  • Score: 15

2:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Darkroom Devil says...

I suppose he can say he knows what it feels like to win a million.
The feeling alone has gotta be worth something.
I suppose he can say he knows what it feels like to win a million. The feeling alone has gotta be worth something. Darkroom Devil
  • Score: 13

7:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

Ian James says...

What a sickener, I hope he still won enough money to cover his bar bill when he thought he won, lol. Never mind, at least his still got his freedom and his old job hopefully. At least his got a good story to tell all the old pisspots who are proping the bar up every night and it will take him a lifetime to get over, lol. I don't bet myself, coz I know there's only one winner at the end of the day and that's the bookie and they will always get your money off you in the end!! lol.
What a sickener, I hope he still won enough money to cover his bar bill when he thought he won, lol. Never mind, at least his still got his freedom and his old job hopefully. At least his got a good story to tell all the old pisspots who are proping the bar up every night and it will take him a lifetime to get over, lol. I don't bet myself, coz I know there's only one winner at the end of the day and that's the bookie and they will always get your money off you in the end!! lol. Ian James
  • Score: 4

11:17am Thu 27 Mar 14

Aidan G says...

Trying his luck, the slips are clearly different! They also only show 2 selections whereas the correct slip would have shown 3 selections win/lose/draw. The odds are also stated in each eventuality and would differ massively. The guy is either incredibly stupid or is trying it on.
Trying his luck, the slips are clearly different! They also only show 2 selections whereas the correct slip would have shown 3 selections win/lose/draw. The odds are also stated in each eventuality and would differ massively. The guy is either incredibly stupid or is trying it on. Aidan G
  • Score: 14

9:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

cromwell1599 says...

The cashier would not have ticked the results off, she would have scanned the barcode on the receipt and told him he had nothing to come back.
The cashier would not have ticked the results off, she would have scanned the barcode on the receipt and told him he had nothing to come back. cromwell1599
  • Score: 10

9:16am Fri 28 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

cromwell1599 wrote:
wrightyalmighty wrote:
Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company
Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.
Somewhat drivel, it is up to the beeting agency staff to ensure the punter knows what he is betting on as they are meant to be the professionals.

How many times when you fill out your lottery ticket does the cashier confirm which day your ticket is for, everytime I have handed over a ticket I have been asked.

Imagine handed a ticket over on a Tuesday night with the intention of it being for the coming Saturday but the cashier puts it through for the Wednesday draw. On Saturday the numbers on your ticket drop, you think you won but on trying to claim you then get informed your ticket was for the previous Wednesday and therefore you claim is void. I would whole heartedly blame the cashier for this.
[quote][p][bold]cromwell1599[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wrightyalmighty[/bold] wrote: Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.[/p][/quote]Somewhat drivel, it is up to the beeting agency staff to ensure the punter knows what he is betting on as they are meant to be the professionals. How many times when you fill out your lottery ticket does the cashier confirm which day your ticket is for, everytime I have handed over a ticket I have been asked. Imagine handed a ticket over on a Tuesday night with the intention of it being for the coming Saturday but the cashier puts it through for the Wednesday draw. On Saturday the numbers on your ticket drop, you think you won but on trying to claim you then get informed your ticket was for the previous Wednesday and therefore you claim is void. I would whole heartedly blame the cashier for this. MartinMo
  • Score: -14

9:48am Fri 28 Mar 14

studio says...

MartinMo wrote:
cromwell1599 wrote:
wrightyalmighty wrote: Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company
Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.
Somewhat drivel, it is up to the beeting agency staff to ensure the punter knows what he is betting on as they are meant to be the professionals. How many times when you fill out your lottery ticket does the cashier confirm which day your ticket is for, everytime I have handed over a ticket I have been asked. Imagine handed a ticket over on a Tuesday night with the intention of it being for the coming Saturday but the cashier puts it through for the Wednesday draw. On Saturday the numbers on your ticket drop, you think you won but on trying to claim you then get informed your ticket was for the previous Wednesday and therefore you claim is void. I would whole heartedly blame the cashier for this.
Sorry, but are you as stupid as the man in the story???

He filled in the wrong form?? how is that the cashiers fault? what a ridiclous claim.

Mind you, the checkout lady at Morrisons took full blame from me the other day when i bought the wrong cheese.. clearly that was her fault..?
[quote][p][bold]MartinMo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cromwell1599[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wrightyalmighty[/bold] wrote: Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.[/p][/quote]Somewhat drivel, it is up to the beeting agency staff to ensure the punter knows what he is betting on as they are meant to be the professionals. How many times when you fill out your lottery ticket does the cashier confirm which day your ticket is for, everytime I have handed over a ticket I have been asked. Imagine handed a ticket over on a Tuesday night with the intention of it being for the coming Saturday but the cashier puts it through for the Wednesday draw. On Saturday the numbers on your ticket drop, you think you won but on trying to claim you then get informed your ticket was for the previous Wednesday and therefore you claim is void. I would whole heartedly blame the cashier for this.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but are you as stupid as the man in the story??? He filled in the wrong form?? how is that the cashiers fault? what a ridiclous claim. Mind you, the checkout lady at Morrisons took full blame from me the other day when i bought the wrong cheese.. clearly that was her fault..? studio
  • Score: 15

2:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

It Can't Be Done says...

I think a more accurate headline would have been:

"Punter told worthless ticket is worthless"
I think a more accurate headline would have been: "Punter told worthless ticket is worthless" It Can't Be Done
  • Score: 8

2:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

cromwell1599 says...

MartinMo wrote:
cromwell1599 wrote:
wrightyalmighty wrote:
Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company
Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.
Somewhat drivel, it is up to the beeting agency staff to ensure the punter knows what he is betting on as they are meant to be the professionals.

How many times when you fill out your lottery ticket does the cashier confirm which day your ticket is for, everytime I have handed over a ticket I have been asked.

Imagine handed a ticket over on a Tuesday night with the intention of it being for the coming Saturday but the cashier puts it through for the Wednesday draw. On Saturday the numbers on your ticket drop, you think you won but on trying to claim you then get informed your ticket was for the previous Wednesday and therefore you claim is void. I would whole heartedly blame the cashier for this.
Having worked in the betting industry for over 20 years up to 2004, I can assure you that the onus is on the punter to know what he is doing and to know the rules, this is just another example of a chancer trying it on.

The only time you will be asked which night your lottery ticket is for is when you havn't marked the appropriate box on the playslip, the machine then prompts the operator to ask for the correct date.
[quote][p][bold]MartinMo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cromwell1599[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wrightyalmighty[/bold] wrote: Don't see the problem, goal rush coupon clearly states both teams to score and quickslip/long list is th same in every bookies you go in to. It's his own fault not the company[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct, as I said when the story about the Sunderland fan who thought he got 145/1 about Borini scoring in the League Cup Final was in the paper, the onus is on the punter to make sure he has done everything correctly when the bet is placed. I'm sure Ladbrokes would have preferred this to be a legitimate winning bet, the publicity generated would have been worth thousands, but bookmakers have rules and can't pay out every time a punter makes a basic and obvious mistake.[/p][/quote]Somewhat drivel, it is up to the beeting agency staff to ensure the punter knows what he is betting on as they are meant to be the professionals. How many times when you fill out your lottery ticket does the cashier confirm which day your ticket is for, everytime I have handed over a ticket I have been asked. Imagine handed a ticket over on a Tuesday night with the intention of it being for the coming Saturday but the cashier puts it through for the Wednesday draw. On Saturday the numbers on your ticket drop, you think you won but on trying to claim you then get informed your ticket was for the previous Wednesday and therefore you claim is void. I would whole heartedly blame the cashier for this.[/p][/quote]Having worked in the betting industry for over 20 years up to 2004, I can assure you that the onus is on the punter to know what he is doing and to know the rules, this is just another example of a chancer trying it on. The only time you will be asked which night your lottery ticket is for is when you havn't marked the appropriate box on the playslip, the machine then prompts the operator to ask for the correct date. cromwell1599
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

Studio....half of your chosen name is partly stupid....

and where is the harm in a betting shop employee confirming whether or not the punter has in fact completed the correct form.

Fair enough the guy had the wrong ticket and therefore his claim was void but on the day he placed his bet the clerk obviously did not confirm he knew what bet he was placing.

I tend to avoid betting shops, regardless if you have the correct form and make sure you dot all the i's, the staff will always look for some form of loop hole in order not to have to part with money...happy to take your money but not so happy to dish it out.
Studio....half of your chosen name is partly stupid.... and where is the harm in a betting shop employee confirming whether or not the punter has in fact completed the correct form. Fair enough the guy had the wrong ticket and therefore his claim was void but on the day he placed his bet the clerk obviously did not confirm he knew what bet he was placing. I tend to avoid betting shops, regardless if you have the correct form and make sure you dot all the i's, the staff will always look for some form of loop hole in order not to have to part with money...happy to take your money but not so happy to dish it out. MartinMo
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Fri 28 Mar 14

leonteale says...

seems like his own fault for filling out the wrong ticket. its only like filling out the wrong lottery ticket. sucks for him im sure but not the shops fault
seems like his own fault for filling out the wrong ticket. its only like filling out the wrong lottery ticket. sucks for him im sure but not the shops fault leonteale
  • Score: 3

7:42am Sat 29 Mar 14

Davy Crocket says...

Betting is legalised robbery.
Betting is legalised robbery. Davy Crocket
  • Score: 4

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