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Wednesday, October 30
OTB says Maryland man should get $3M prize

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The head of the Off-Track Betting parlor where a Maryland man bought Pick Six tickets worth more than $3 million for the Breeders' Cup races said records at his office indicate the tickets are legitimate and that the jackpot should be doled out.

And the Maryland man who placed the bets told the Thoroughbred Times that there was nothing more than luck involved.

"This is kind of ridiculous," the man is quoted as saying. "I'm still in a state of shock. The fact that there's an investigation going on, what am I going to do? I didn't do anything wrong. I don't want any attention."

The New York Racing and Wagering Board launched an investigation Monday into the windfall at Illinois' Arlington Park at the request of Breeders' Cup Ltd. and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Donald Groth, president of the Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., based in Pomona, N.Y., said the bets were made 23 minutes before the first race in the Pick Six went off Saturday.

"Our records indicate he placed the bet at 2:14 p.m. and the race went off at 2:37 p.m.," Groth said Tuesday. "I certainly don't want to second-guess the investigation or the state, but all they should discover is that he was a lucky guy who had a lucky day."

The Pick Six challenges bettors to pick winning horses in six consecutive, predetermined races.

Officials from Breeders' Cup and NTRA cited the unusual nature of the winning wagers and raised concerns about the possibility the electronic system that records the time that bets are placed could have been altered.

"I didn't past-post anything," the bettor told the Thoroughbred Times. "I do computer work, but I'm not a hacker. I'm the guy who won this, but I'm the last person to find out what is going on. It's ridiculous."

Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief said he would not comment on the alleged irregularities.

"Our sole motivation would be to carry out whatever is necessary to ensure the integrity of the process and maintain the confidence of our customers," Van Clief said.

Information from the Associated Press is included in this report

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