Friday, May 30, 2008

Software Bug Prevented Horse Racing Payoff

Via ZDNet -

A horse racing bettor discovered a software bug preventing race payoffs under certain conditions. Following inquiries from California’s Horse Racing Board, Scientific Games, which manufactured the race management software / hardware system, reported a bug that “dropped the last horse in the field from quick pick tickets on all 7,000 of its BetJet machines nationwide.”

According to the San Mateo County Times, a wide-ranging Kentucky Derby bet exposed the bug:

The attention stems from a problem discovered by an unidentified bettor at Bay Meadows Race Track who put down 1,300 one-dollar quick pick superfecta bets on the Kentucky Derby. Not one of the computer-generated tickets included the eventual winner, Big Brown.

In an interesting twist, California lawmakers are calling for a fraud investigation against Scientific Games, since it appears the company knew of the problem for months before acknowledging the bug. Blood-Horse Magazine reports:

In a May 15 e-mail to Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, CHRB chairman Richard Shapiro contended that SG “apparently became aware of the problem in February, but they failed to disclose it to customers or certainly to us in California.”

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