While the investigation into possible fraud in Saturday's Breeders' Cup pick six continues, the man sitting on a windfall insists he did nothing wrong.
Speaking to the Thoroughbred Times, the 29-year-old Baltimore resident -- whose name, according to various reports, is Derrick Davis -- says there was nothing but luck involved in what could be a score, before taxes, of more than $3 million.
Davis, who owns a computer service business and who recently opened a telephone betting account with an off-track wagering service in upstate New York so he could bet the races from home, put in a $12 pick six ticket, costing $1,152, that singled the first four winners -- Domedriver in the Mile, Orientate in the Sprint, Starine in the Filly and Mare Turf and Vindication in the Juvenile -- then used all eight runners in the Turf, which was won by favored High Chaparral, and all 12 in the Classic, which was won by 43-1 longshot Volponi.
He said the $12 ticket was a mistake, that he meant to bet only a $2 ticket, at a total cost of $192, so he wound up with all six winning tickets, each worth $428,392, plus 108 consolations -- payoffs on the losing horses in the last two races -- at $4,606 apiece.
"The bet was supposed to be $2, but I kind of screwed up with their phone system," Davis was quoted as saying. "It was too late to cancel. I couldn't get back to them.
"This is kind of ridiculous. 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.
"I didn't past-post anything," he said, alluding to concern that the bets were made after, perhaps, as many as four races had been run.
"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."