Lottery jackpot a silver lining for 11 Red Sox fans
Everyone has favorite numbers, but this is ridiculous.
On Oct. 3, 11 players bought Mass Cash tickets with the numbers 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9. All of the nine who have claimed their $100,000 prizes picked the numbers themselves rather than letting the lottery computer pick random numbers.
Lottery officials said some winners said they played that combination because it represents five Red Sox players whose retired numbers hang above right field at Fenway Park: Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin, Johnny Pesk ...
Oct 31, 2012, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
2007 lottery winner accused of armed robbery
A suspect charged with the armed home invasion and robbery of a couple who had just returned from their honeymoon won $1 million in the Massachusetts Lottery in 2007.
Rashad Blount, 26, formerly of Middleboro and now of Dorchester, won the $1 million grand prize in the Lottery's $800 Million Spectacular instant game on Feb. 12, 2007.
He bought the $10 scratch ticket at a store in Middleboro and was to receive annual payments of $50,000, minus taxes, for the next 20 years.
Blount and Ric ...
Oct 28, 2012, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts man wins half of $61M Mega Millions jackpot
A Massachusetts man is $30.5 million richer after splitting Tuesday night's $61 million Mega Millions jackpot with a co-winner from California.
Sandeep Sunny Singh can hardly catch his breath. Today he's posing for pictures with a giant check for $30.5 million. Yesterday, this newly minted millionaire was busy working two jobs to help his mom pay the bills.
Ahh, I'm like overwhelmed right now, he said after cashing in his ticket at Lottery headquarters.
He was so busy he nearly missed ...
Oct 18, 2012, 6:59 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. man keeps mistake lottery ticket, wins $1 million
A Taunton, Massachusetts, man was on the right side of a million dollar mistake, when a scratch ticket game he didn't want to play turned out to be a winner.
Richard Brown, 60, came in to the Gulf in Taunton last Monday, as he had several times in the past, looking for a $5 Blue Ice 7s ticket. This time, the distracted clerk gave him a Sizzling Sevens scratcher, another $5 game, by mistake, said lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.
Instead of demanding the right ticket, Brown decided he was ...
Aug 20, 2012, 5:12 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery knew about exploited game's flaws for years, IG says
Massachusetts State Lottery officials knew for years that a small group of gambling syndicates had virtually taken over a game called Cash WinFall winning most of the prizes during high payoff periods but did nothing about it until the local media began investigating, according to state Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan.
Sullivan's report details the way a handful of math and science wizards, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduates looking for an interesting school ...
Jul 31, 2012, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky store: Sells third $1M lottery ticket
The James Quick Mart on James Reynolds Road in Swansea, Massachusetts, must have a good luck charm stashed under its counter for the third time in the past five years, it sold a $1 million lottery ticket to one of its customers.
Clerk Shiv Patel said he sold the ticket to a man who came back after scratching it to tell him of his good fortune.
That night around 9 o'clock he just stopped by to say, 'I was the one who hit the million dollars and I got the ticket from here,' and I was like, ...
Jun 19, 2012, 4:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery winners face charges in welfare fraud
Two big time lottery winners are facing arraignment on fraud charges Thursday after the state auditor found that they collected welfare benefits during the same period that they won hundreds of thousands of dollars from the lottery.
James T. Casey Jr. of Waltham did not tell welfare officials that he has won more than $700,000 since 2009, Auditor Suzanne Bump found, a period in which Caset has collected $12,157 in MassHealth benefits and $1,553 in food stamps. Casey, who had just been release ...
May 31, 2012, 6:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Man scratches a $1M winner, but lottery ticket was a misprint
By Todd Northrop
A Massachusetts man thought he won a $1 million lottery prize until he realized the ticket he had was a misprint.
Paul Pasquarosa of Boston, Massachusetts, was overjoyed when he learned that his Cashword scratch-off lottery ticket had matched three red words, which equals a million-dollar prize.
But luck for the father of two quickly faded when the ticket was determined to be defective.
Instead of becoming a millionaire, Mr. Pasquarosa was in possession of one of the ...
May 8, 2012, 3:20 pm - Lottery News forum
New England states start new lottery game Thursday
Updated Mar. 13, 2012, 11:12 am: New game replaces Weekly Grand Extra.
By Todd Northrop
For the first time ever, the six New England states will jointly run a multi-state lottery game, starting this week.
The new Lucky for Life regional draw game begins this Thursday, March 15 for the six following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massechusetts, and Rhode Island. Ticket sales for the new game started Sunday.
For Connecticut, the new Lucky for Life replaces a simila ...
Mar 13, 2012, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ends game that was exploited by high-rollers
State will add New England multi-state game in March
By Todd Northrop
Massachusetts lottery players looking to buy Cash WinFall tickets this week had their last chance on Monday, the game's final drawing.
The canceled game was the talk of the lottery industry last year, when it was revealed that a small group of high-rollers had identified a weakness in the game's prize structure that would occasionally make the payouts astronomical for players who could afford to wager huge amounts of ...
Jan 27, 2012, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum