Massachusetts lottery offices reopen for prizes of $5,000 or more
New claim procedure based on last names, some offices re-open by appointment only
By Kate Northrop
As of Wednesday, June 24, Massachusetts lottery offices are now open for large prize claims of $5,000 or more with some restrictions in place depending on the office location.
According to the Massachusetts Lottery, the Braintree, Dorchester, New Bedford and Worcester claim centers are open for those collecting winnings valued $5,000 to $99,999. Lottery offices hours of operation are weekd ...
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Coronavirus severely hurting Massachusetts Lottery sales
The Massachusetts State Lottery is taking a big hit as the COVID-19 state of emergency temporarily shutters many stores that sell tickets, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers Tuesday.
More than 1,800 of the state's 7,500 lottery agents are closed, she said. Many stores that remain open have chosen to limit or eliminate lottery sales as a result of staff shortages.
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Daughter saves Massachusetts man from being victimized in sweepstakes scam
A dream of a lifetime seemed to have come true last week for an elderly Massachusetts man when he received a call from someone who claimed to represent Publisher's Clearing House.
The caller told the elderly Swampscott man he had just won $8.5 million plus a brand new Chevrolet in their national lottery. All he needed to do, the caller told him, was to pay the $45,000 taxes due on the money and the prize would be his.
It didn't occur to the man being scammed that the tax bill on $8.5 milli ...
Mar 19, 2020, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts woman wins her second $1M lottery prize
About a decade after Linda Sweeney won a $1 million through the Massachusetts Lottery, the Dorchester resident celebrated another victory last week.
Sweeney won her second $1 million prize on a scratch ticket, this time through the lottery's 200X instant game. The win came 10 years and two months after her first $1 million win in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster instant game, which was on Dec. 7, 2009.
Sweeney purchased the most recent winning ticket at the Stop Shop on Freeport Street in Do ...
Feb 23, 2020, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Despite predictions, state lottery ticket sales have not been hurt by casinos
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Everybody was talking bad about it, said Keshar, who runs Elm Street Market, about 2.5 miles from the massive casino, which opened in June. I was thinking positive. Because I k ...
Feb 3, 2020, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts man sues 2 women, claiming they cheated him out of $4 million lottery prize
A Massachusetts man says two women cheated him out of $4 million in lottery winnings by taking advantage of his inability to read or speak English.
The man, Joao Luis DaPonte, said in a civil complaint filed earlier this month in Bristol Superior Court that when he initially scratched the Lottery ticket he purchased at Cafe Sao Paulo on Bolton Street in New Bedford on Nov. 23, he believed he had won $4,000 since the ticket said $4MIL below the number 26.
DaPonte does not read or speak Engl ...
Jan 25, 2020, 2:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules Massachusetts Lottery can suspend high-frequency winners
The Massachusetts Lottery last week won a court fight over their efforts to fight suspected fraud.
The judge's decision lets the Lottery suspend a family of players who have cashed thousands of winning tickets.
The Lottery says Ali Jaafar and his two sons are what they call high-frequency winners people believed to be cashing tickets actually bought by others. The Lottery has long suspected that high-frequency winners are part of money laundering schemes.
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Nov 6, 2019, 5:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts man wins $1M lottery for second time in 18 months
A Massachusetts man won his second $1 million lottery payout last week less than two years after drawing a lucky ticket for the first time.
For the second time in 18 months, Rolf Rhodes of Mendon has won a $1 million prize on a Massachusetts State Lottery instant ticket.
Rhodes won his most recent prize in the $4,000,000 Instant Jackpot instant game. He chose the annuity option on his prize and received the first of 20 annual payments of $50,000 (before taxes).
He purchased his winning ...
Nov 4, 2019, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
81-year-old Mass. man sentenced to prison for part in multimillion-dollar lottery ticket scam
An 81-year-old man from Lynn, Massachusetts, was sentenced Monday to two months in prison for his part in a multimillion-dollar lottery scam, according to federal prosecutors.
Clarance Jones, 81, pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to commit tax fraud and filing false tax returns.
The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's office said Jones was a part of a ten-percenting scheme in which he bought millions of dollars of winning Massachusetts state lottery tickets at a discount to help winners avoid ...
Sep 25, 2019, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Longtime Mass Lottery employee fired for allegedly cashing unsold winning scratch tickets
A longtime sales supervisor for the Massachusetts State Lottery was fired Tuesday after he was seen cashing winning instant tickets, a state official said, sparking fear that the lottery's supposedly strict security protocols may have been violated.
David Cannistraro, a $100,000-a-year employee who had worked for the lottery since 2002, was first placed on paid administrative leave in June after another lottery employee saw him cashing tickets at a store on Cape Cod, said Chandra Allard, chie ...
Aug 23, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum