A New Jersey man will take home $82,000 from a bet he placed on an NFL game after FanDuel's automated system mistakenly gave him 750-1 odds on the match.
Anthony Prince placed a bet at the Meadowlands Racetrack on an automated system that erroneously gave him 750 to 1 odds for the Denver Broncos to win. At the time the bet was placed, Denver was losing 19-17 with a minute left in the game. Denver went down the field and kicked a field goal with six seconds left to go to win 20-19. The system was supposed to give odds of 1-6 on the result, as the field goal was only 36 yards, which had an 85% chance of success. There were 11 other customers who got the odds, although the others all had much smaller wagers.
Initially, FanDuel refused to pay out the win, citing that it wasn't required to pay out a win that was obviously a systems error. The company then consulted with gaming regulators in New Jersey and changed course, likely after they were told the case likely wouldn't go their way.
In a statement, a FanDuel statement read: "Above all else, sports betting is supposed to be fun. As a result of a pricing error this weekend, it wasn't for some of our customers. These kinds of issues are rare, but they do happen. So, this one's on the house. We are paying out these erroneous tickets and wish the lucky customers well."
To capitalize on what could be a PR disaster, FanDuel will hand out $1,000 a piece to 82 random customers.