Churchill Downs admits to overpaying wager by nearly $15,000 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Churchill Downs admits to overpaying wager by nearly $15,000

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs says someone with NFL player Wes Welker was overpaid nearly $15,000. Officials say there was a malfunction at the payout window and the person was given too much.

A letter was sent to the bettor to try and resolve the error, but a spokesman says they are not demanding the cash back.

Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers says a malfunctioning tote machine is partially to blame, "Those $14,898 worth of winning tickets were actually counted twice. It was a human error on our part, an honest mistake that can occasionally happen." He says mistakes like this happen once every three years.

The letter included a suggestion that money could be sent back, with the sentence: "you may send a check paid to Churchill Downs in the enclosed envelope." (You can see the full letter to the right)

However, Rogers says there is no imperative to return the money, "By no means is there any demand for restitution." Rogers says "We're simply just trying to explain the matter and resolve it."

He notes that Churchill Downs is ultimately responsible for the money and the winner is not legally required to pay it back. "These individuals aren't obligated by any means to pay for our mistake," Rogers says.

Rogers explains the hope is that he comes back and spends the money next year, and that they are not worried about the nearly $15,000.

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