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Wes Welker


We Overpaid By $15k

5/16/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

8:44 AM PT -- Wes just responded to the story ... telling Churchill Downs if they want the money back, "Get in line!"

Welker made the comment on "The Dan Patrick Show" -- explaining that he heard about the overpayment, but didn't have any sense of what he should have been paid out at the time of the transaction.

"They could have underpaid us and we wouldn't have known."

Wes Welker left the Kentucky Derby with nearby $15,000 more than he should have ... thanks to a machine malfunction ... and now Churchill Downs is demanding he give the money back, stat ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's what we know ... Wes personally placed a number of bets on the Derby on May 3rd -- AND HIT BIG. Sources tell us Welker sent a friend to collect his winnings -- and that person was paid out $57,193.90 at the cashier's window. 

Wes was so pumped, he started handing out $100 bills to random strangers. 

But we've learned ... officials at the track believe there was an error at the window DURING the moments Welker's ticket was being paid out ... (we're told it was computer malfunction compounded by human error) ... and the result was Wes being overpaid to the tune of $14,858.55. 

A rep for Churchill Downs confirms ... "There was a $14 thousand dollar overpayment due to a tote machine malfunction."

The rep tells us ... as soon as the track noticed the mistake, they sent a letter to the person who collected Welker's winnings and asked for the money back. It's unclear if Welker or his people ever received it.  But it's clear, C.D. is serious about fixing the mistake. 

We did some checking and it seems Welker will probably have to pay the money back -- which kinda sucks considering Churchill Downs rakes in millions from the Derby ... and the publicity from Welker's win was probably worth $15k by itself! 

We reached out to Welker for comment -- so far, no word back.

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LOL snooze you lose.

124 days ago


What if he spent it already? He won it! How would he have any clue that they would be asking for it back? If they can't take a 14g loss then maybe they're in the wrong business

124 days ago


I'll assume if he doesn't pay it back he will be, rightfully, banned from Churchill Downs for life. #DonaldSterlingStatus

124 days ago

Tammy LM    

How is this possible? If the machine breaks down, that's THEIR fault. The guy who got the overpayment wasn't responsible in any way. He didn't rob them. He didn't cheat to get it. He didn't steal it or do anything to cause the machine to malfuction. The machin malfunctioning was the responsibility of the track to maintain their machines. And also they stated it was also human error. Well, the track is responsible for it's employees as well. If they screw up and pay out too much or misoperate the machines, then they are the one's responsible and the track should fire them, possibly making them pay for the mistake out of their pay. But the track has insurence to cover them in case of "accidents" like that. That's what insurence is there for. To cover them. Once they made the mistake it's too bad they lose their money.

It's like a bank. If a bank teller accidentally overpays someone, the bank teller should be fired for it. If the bank under pays someone then they NEVER give you the money they owe you back. They always deny doing it. To the end they deny doing it. Yet places like that want THEIR money back if they overpay. Oh HELL no. NOT TODAY!

124 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

Too bad. It wasn't his fault and you paid him out. I'm sure those yuppies have plenty of money. Take the loss. It wasn't his fault and makes your track look fraudulent. Next time, hire smarter people

124 days ago


That's all on them, they should have insurance.

124 days ago


Churchill Downs must be owned and operated by the Mob, like Vegas of Ole, they just do not want people to win.

124 days ago

20th screen name     

Suck it CD. Like Vegas sportsbooks crying when they have a bad weekend.

124 days ago


I am Calling BS on this Story, when you Place a Bet they Tell you to Check your ticket in front of them to make sure it is Correct. When you Collect the Person looks at the ticket Runs it through the Machine and counts out the money in front of you, and for Tax Purposes on 15K they make you sign a tax Do***ent saying that they Paid you 15K for Tax Purpose.

124 days ago


Sorry CD you aint getting a penny back! You admitted liability ...not his fault you have crappy machines and staff. Move on!

124 days ago


Too bad it was a rich NFL puke who won instead of someone who could have really used it.

124 days ago


Hurry call the machine police because it fck up, you're fired

124 days ago

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Can we agree....no more fedoras bros!

124 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

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124 days ago


I sure in a court of law he would owe money back but is it really worth lawyer fees they would have to pay to collect

124 days ago
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