11/13/2016 9:36PM

Del Mar: Pick six pays $1 million to one lucky player

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DEL MAR, Calif. – A single ticket took down the pick six on Sunday at Del Mar and was worth $1,041,696, bringing to a close an exciting initial three days of the meeting in which the pick six carried over into Sunday, producing the blockbuster payoff.

 Colonel Samsen, one of just three covered horses in the final leg, ran down uncovered Ice Kat in the final strides. Had Ice Kat held on, the pick six would have gone unclaimed again, and there would have been three-day carryovers totaling more than $1 million into Thursday, when racing resumes.

 Instead, one ticket – which Del Mar officials said was purchased through Racing and Gaming Services in St. Kitts -- had the winner.

 There were 35 tickets on Sunday with five of six, each worth $4,008.60. The few consolation tickets indicates that the winning ticket itself likely was small, but RGS caters to well-heeled clients who likely would play multiple tickets, incorporating mains and back-ups.

 Del Mar officials said the size of the winning ticket could not be confirmed on Sunday night, but said it would be known in coming days.

 Del Mar opened Friday, and no one hit the pick six that day or Saturday. Heading into Sunday’s card, the carryover in the general pick six pool was $203,127, and there was another $43,527 in the jackpot carryover pool, reserved for any single winning ticket.

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 On Sunday, fueled by those carryovers, another $1,225,589 in fresh money was bet into the pick six.

 Since the winning ticket was the only ticket, the winner took down all the money both from the general pool and the single ticket pool.

 Under the new rules this meet in the pick six, 70 percent of the pool goes to those with six winners. If no one hits six, that money is carried over in the general pool.

 Of the remaining 30 percent, half – 15 percent – is reserved for a single winning pick six ticket, and is referred to as the jackpot carryover.

 The other 15 percent goes to those with five of six when six winners are hit, or those with the most winners when – as on Friday and Saturday – no one has six.