04/13/2010 11:00PM

Beulah carryover hits $403K


GROVE CITY, Ohio - The Fortune Six, the Beulah Park exotic that pays its jackpot only when there is a single winner, has reached an all-time high carryover of $403,341 going into Wednesday's card.

The 25-cent base bet has drawn a lot of attention as of late, with more than $88,000 and $86,000 bet in the last two days on the wager. Wednesday will provide the last day that the entire jackpot can be hit by only one patron. Beulah Park's management has decided to shelve the wager until Beulah races on its own again, rather than in a seven-and-sever format with River Downs. That will be closing day on May 1, Kentucky Derby Day.

"We just didn't feel it would be fair to the people that have been following it to have to bet on another track's races," said Mike Weiss, vice president of Beulah Park.

The Fortune Six provided the highest payout for a wager less than a dollar in the United States on Jan. 30, 2007, when it paid out $364,589 for a 25-cent ticket. If the wager is not hit by a single ticket Wednesday, there will be a mandatory payout on closing day.

The Fortune Six is basically a pick six that covering races 3 through 8. The full jackpot is paid out only if one person has the winning ticket. If there are multiple winners, 40 percent of the pool is divided among them with 60 percent retained for the jackpot.