A man claims he's been barred from his local bookies after 'winning too much'.
Retired Michael Bates, 74, says he netted just over £2,000 in a lucky 12-day winning streak, with 48 successes at Coral in Colchester in Essex, after coming up with a method to predict the winners of horse races. He says that his 'system' was based on some research he did, which found that 80 percent of races are won by horses with the numbers one to four.
But grandad Michael says that his good fortune has come at a price, claiming that the staff at the shop told him to leave and not come back.
He told the Mirror: "They should not be allowed to do this. It can't be right. It's not as if I'm a Las Vegas high roller.
"I was told I couldn't come in any more as I was winning too much.
"How can they invite you to bet then tell you to go away if you win? They only want customers who are losers."
He said, when asked, he left the shop without kicking up a fuss, but later called Coral's customer service team to find out why he had been banned.
In a recorded phone call, heard by the Sunday People, he was told that staff have the right to decline bets, for a number of reasons including that a customer has won too much.
Michael added: "I was shocked. I can't believe this is right."
Coral's PR director Simon Clare told the paper he would look into Michael's complaint as it wasn't the betting shop's policy to ban customers for repeatedly placing winning bets.