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Pub takes dead man's tab money from wife's winning

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A South Yorkshire woman who won £50 in her local pub draw only got £2.50 of it because her late husband owed the rest.

Janis Wing was delighted to win the prize at The George pub in Wombwell, Barnsley, despite not being able to visit it since her husband died in February.

She has spent £3 in a weekly draw for the past four years and has won on a few other occasions. She had asked one of the staff to collect any winnings for her.

Janis says her late husband Doug was one of the pub's best customers and always cleared a tab he had behind the bar.

"It's disgusting. It's not a lot of money, but there's a principle at stake. My late husband's bar tab is nothing to do with me. You would think the decent thing to do would be for the pub to write off the debt," she said.

Janis adds her late husband spent about £70 a week at the pub, putting drinks on the slate if he ran short of cash.

The pub management has refused to comment, says the Daily Express.