A lucrative total Single 6 Jackpot pool of around $1 million is expected to be up for grabs Friday at Churchill Downs on closing night of the Louisville racetrack’s 38-day Spring Meet.
A $146,754 carryover was triggered when multiple tickets hit Thursday’s six-race sequence for $3,499.42 apiece.
Because Friday is closing night, there will be a mandatory payout in the Single 6 Jackpot with all monies distributed to ticket holders with the most winners in the six-race series. Saturday night’s Single 6 Jackpot, which only costs 20 cents per combination, will cover Races 5-10 starting at approximately 7:57 p.m. (all times Eastern).
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the pool swells to around $1 million,” said Rick Smith, Churchill Downs’ Senior Director of Mutuels.
The daily six-race sequence has challenged bettors to select the winners of six consecutive races but the Jackpot pool only is paid if there is a single winning ticket. When multiple tickets contain six winners – which has been the case for each of the last 22 race days – 90 percent of that day’s pool is paid out and 10 percent is added to the Jackpot carryover.
Takeout on the Single 6 Jackpot is just 15 percent, which is one of the lowest multi-race wager takeout rates in American racing.
There also will be a mandatory payout in the $1 Super Hi-5, which has a $3,375 carryover in the final race of the meet, Race 11.
Fans can wager on the Single 6 Jackpot on track at Churchill Downs; TwinSpires.com, the track’s official online wagering platform; other online wagering outlets; and select satellite betting centers throughout North America.
Friday’s 11-race closing night card at Churchill Downs starts at 6 p.m. and is billed as “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka.” The theme for the nighttime racing program is “Downs Does the Decades” in which guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite attire from the 1950s to the ’90s.
General admission to Churchill Downs is $10 on Friday night. Box seats are $25 and reserved dining packages are $70. They can be purchased online at www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets. New this year is the Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row, which will showcase Chef Patrick Roney of Harvest. The $149 tickets include a specially-designed menu by Roney and a full-bar package featuring specialty cocktails by Finlandia Vodka. All ticket options can be purchased online at www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets.
The evening’s entertainment includes music on the Plaza Stage courtesy of The Wannabeatles from 6-7:30 p.m., Tony & The Tan Lines from 7:30-11 p.m. and DJ Matt Anthony from 11 p.m. until midnight. There also will be a decades-inspired fashion contest, disco and cocktail demonstrations, Kentucky’s largest disco ball, the Magbooth Retro Bus Photo Booth and “Bet or No Bet” where four lucky fans can take $100 in cash or place a free $1,000 win bet on a horse in Races 6-9.
Admission gates will open Friday at 5 p.m. The final live race will be 11:10 p.m. but the on-track party will continue in the spacious Plaza area until midnight.