MGC Votes to Void Payouts Made by DraftKings Based on Incorrect Data

MGC Votes to Void Payouts Made by DraftKings Based on Incorrect Data
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve Boston-based DraftKings request to void over $575,000 in payouts based on “erroneous” odds on Same Game Parlay (SGP) bets from a Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets NBA game played Oct. 24.

The Nuggets won, 119-107. All voided Massachusetts sports betting wagers (178 bets in all totaling $4,182.36 placed over a span of 13 minutes) carry a condition that all bettors who placed an SGP bet on that game be paid out in three times cash based upon whatever their original wager was.

So instead of paying out over $575,000, DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts will only have to pay out $12,547.

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Massachusetts Joins 17 States in Voiding Bets

Incorrect full-game totals were posted in that specific market that included totals for just the first quarter. For example, the game total for Lakers' star forward LeBron James that night was posted at just 8.5 points.

The Commonwealth was added to the list of 17 other jurisdictions that also voided the bets. Connecticut and New Jersey are the only two states that paid out on the wagers. DraftKings said the numbers were the result of an error by Sportcast, the company’s odds provider.

Prior to the meeting, the state’s Sports Wagering Division had reviewed the incident reported by DraftKings and confirmed all requirements had been met under the regulations and reported it had no reservations about moving forward in processing the request to void all affected wagers regarding this incident. Today’s ruling by the MGC agrees with that assessment.

In other meeting news, the commission voted 5-0 in favor of a FanDuel Massachusetts request for amendments to their online house rules, spanning over nine sports (football, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, ice hockey, soccer and tennis).

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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