(111)  Sponsiones ludricae and bingo winning agreements

On 15 May 2001 Lord Carloway upheld the existence and validity of an oral agreement between two bingo-playing friends that they would share equally the proceeds of any major win made by either party at the Mecca bingo hall in Drumchapel, Glasgow (Robertson v Anderson 2001 GWD 17-669).  One of the friends had won £108,000 in the National Game, the UK’s largest bingo prize, but had refused to split the money; the other’s claim to £54,000 was upheld, while the defender had also to meet the expenses of the action, estimated at £16,000.  On the application of the doctrine of sponsiones ludicrae in situations of this kind, see 93 below.

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