Bettor Mistakenly Gets $6,000 For A $60 Payout

An Omaha man is mistakenly paid $6,000 for a $60 ticket after a teller error at Horsemen's Park.

Now Horsemen's is demanding that John Holtkamp, the recipient of the money, return it back in full.

A regular bettor, Holtkamp waged on the California Chrome to win the Belmont. He also bet one dollar on the Tonalist and that horse won.

"I immediately told Mr. Hosch that I would like to settle with him because I am a man of integrity and a family man," said Holtkamp.

Gregory Hosch, Horsemen's general manager, says Holtkamp knew the payout was too high. Holtkamp scribbled what he expected to be paid at the bottom of the receipt which matched $60.

"We look at it as theft by deception--obviously the person knew exactly how much they were supposed to get which was 63 dollars," said Hosch.

Horsemen's filed a police report and plans to press charges if they are not paid at least $4000.

Holtkamp says he already spent $4,000 on landscaping and plane tickets, but he offered to pay the money back in a payment plan.

Until he does, the teller has to pay back to Horsemen's what he overpaid.

"I imagine if you're at a casino or some place, a big business or something, you probably think you beat the man out of six thousand dollars, but ultimately it's this teller that's going to be the one that suffers," said Hosch.

Holtkamp says he wants to work out a solution and be able to return to Horsemen's to bet again.

"If he makes restitution, we'd love to have him back. He's not a bad guy it was just an error in judgement," said Hosch.

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