ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A newspaper says a state report shows the New York Racing Association knowingly withheld $8.5 million in winnings from bettors.
The New York Times says the Cuomo administration is asking the state inspector general to investigate whether the group that holds the state thoroughbred racing franchise broke any laws.
NYRA tells the newspaper that it inadvertently failed to increase payouts for certain bets.
NYRA holds a long-term franchise to run racing at the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga race tracks.
State Budget Director Robert Megna tells the Times the incident could call into question NYRA's fitness to hold the lucrative franchise.
There was no immediate comment Monday from NYRA.