HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool at Gulfstream Park has been scheduled for Saturday, April 25.
Heading into Friday’s program, the carryover stands at $937,087.86 after going unsolved Thursday for the 21st consecutive program since March 18, when a unique ticket returned $210,973.74. Should the popular multi-race wager continue to go unsolved until the April 25 mandatory payout, bettors will likely be looking at a total pool in the millions.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
On April 25, a bettor doesn’t necessarily have to have a ticket with all six winners to grab a share of the mandatory carryover pool. All bettors holding tickets with the most winners in the six-race sequence will share in the entire pool that day.
Mandatory Rainbow 6 payouts in the past have generated high handles. There was a mandatory payout on April 23, 2011 with a $1.4 million carryover. The total pool that afternoon swelled to $5.1 million after $3.5 million was bet into it. There were 1,311 winning tickets, each worth $3,279.26.
Of course, the possibility exists that one lucky bettor could win a life-changing bonanza with a unique ticket with all six winners.
Last May 25, on the day before a mandatory payout was scheduled, a Palm Beach bettor took down a $6.6 million jackpot, which set a national record for a Pick 6 payoff.
The previous single Rainbow 6 payoff was $3,591,245.44 won by a New Jersey bettor on Feb. 22, 2013.
The current carryover pool continued to build Thursday when multiple tickets were sold with the winning combination of 2-5-5-8-9-3, each worth $9,385.82.
Friday's Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9.