Justice Department, FBI Join Pick 6 Probe

In a dramatic expansion in the investigation into the alleged fixing of a winning Pick 6 ticket during the World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Oct. 26, the U.S. Justice Department, through federal prosecutors in Manhattan, along with the FBI, have joined the effort to see if criminal activity was involved.

United States Attorney for the Southern District in New York, James B. Comey, released the following statement Friday afternoon: "At the request of the New York State Police, this office, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is assisting in this matter."

The U.S. Attorney's office is part of the federal Justice Department. Because the alleged wire fraud involves various states, it falls under the jurisdiction of FBI involvement.