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Pocono Pick-6 bettor takes home $25,000

March 25, 2013
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It took just two nights but there was a winning Rainbow Pick 6 ticket cashed at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday, March 24. Although just $2,151 was wagered over the two nights in the Rainbow Pick 6 pool, the lucky bettor took home a check of $25,000.

Pocono Downs opened its 2013 meet on Friday with the new Rainbow Pick 6, which was first introduced last year at Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred racetrack in Florida. Regulations call for the exotic to be paid only if there was a single winning ticket, otherwise the pool would have a consolation and carryover.

With a minimum wager of $1, there was $759 wagered in the Pocono pool on Friday, with five winning favorites sandwiching a 24-1 longshot in the fourth leg that ultimately led to only a five-of-six consolation payoff of $32.20. There was $1,392 wagered in the pool on Saturday, where three second favorites won the first three legs followed by a string of three odds-on favorites. The result was one six-for-six ticket as well as a five-of-six payoff of $15.50.

Dale Rapson, Pocono's vice president of racing, told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that the pool had a guaranteed minimum payout of $25,000, and that a check for that amount was written to the on-track winner. Rapson said the full amount was guaranteed regardless of takeout or reduced pool after consolation tickets were paid.

"It was an opening-day promotion to get people to know we were racing again,” said Rapson. "It's not really a profit thing for us; it's a promotion.”

Rapson said $75,000 had been budgeted for wagering promotions, to be used in $25,000 increments. He said the track is looking at dates in June and August that will offer an exotic pool of some sorts that will also have a $25,000 guaranteed payoff.

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