In November of 2018, Theophilus Morgan won GhC 57 million from sports betting company Safaribet, and it is now being reported that Safaribet have refused to pay him anything at all despite a warning from the Gaming Commission.
YEN.com.gh carried the story of Morgan's win and the company refusal to part ways with the young man's money due to a certain technicality.
Now, Ghbase.com is reporting that as at March 8, 2019, Safaribet are still yet to give Morgan's money to him, even stalling on the amount they had said he won correctly.
Morgan had petitioned the Gaming Commission, the body responsible for supervising the activities of all betting companies in Ghana, to intervene.
In a letter to Safaribet, the commission instructed the bookies to pay Morgan the GHC 286,000 (260,000 plus a bonus of 20,000) they claimed he legitimately won, while investigations continued.
Morgan's total winnings amounted to GHC 260,000 over 220 times, totalling just above GHC 57 million.
But the company had insisted that a bet slip cannot be repeated by the same person according to their rules. Morgan had repeated the same slip 220 times.
Safaribet’s parent company, Africa Gaming and Entertainment, reportedly had until the 20th of February, 2019 to make payment and also to submit all information in addition to Morgan’s betting history to the Gaming Commission.
This directive has not been done and while the commission is yet to act, Safaribet continues its operations unimpeded.
It remains to be seen if the company will listen to the Gaming Commission or try to drag this out. Morgan still has the opportunity to go to court.
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