How a group of MIT students gamed the Massachusetts Lottery
Even within a university as famously offbeat as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Random Hall has a reputation for being a little quirky. According to campus legend, the students who first lived there in 1968 wanted to call the dorm Random House until the publishing house with that same name sent them a letter to object. The individual floors have names, too. One is called Destiny, a result of its cash-strapped inhabitants selling the naming rights on eBay; the winning bid was $36 from ...
Feb 23, 2016, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Homeless man helped by lottery winner arrested for failing to register as sex offender
A homeless man who was given a warm bed and some loving care by a Massachusetts lottery winner was arrested Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender.
Glenn Williams, 59, was picked up by police at a first-floor apartment on Parker Street in the West End where he was staying with another woman, police spokesman Detective Capt. Steven Vicente said.
A Wareham detective called New Bedford police prior to Williams' arrest, said Vicente, who didn't know details of the call. But he conf ...
Feb 22, 2016, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts woman spent lottery winnings to help homeless man
A Massachusetts woman won the lottery, and quickly spent all the reward money to help a homeless man on Saturday.
After her selfless act, Sofia Lorena also set up a GoFundMe for Glenn Williams, the homeless man she met just seconds after winning $200 on a scratch ticket, she said.
The crowdfunded charity has already raised more than $1,900 in less than 24 hours for Williams, who encountered Lorena on Saturday night while standing in the frigid cold in Wareham.
Lorena, a single mother of ...
Feb 16, 2016, 5:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Cape Cod fisherman reels in $10M lottery prize
Includes video report
William Chopper Young Jr., a shellfisherman and champion oyster shucker, has won the $10 million prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery's $10,000,000 Mega Fortune instant game.
Young opted to receive the cash option on his prize and collected a one-time payment of $6,500,000 (before taxes), according to an official statement from lottery officials today announcing the win. He plans on using his winnings to help his family and invest, the statement said.
Dec 9, 2015, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously
A $1 million scratch ticket was recently sold in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, but despite regulations requiring the Massachusetts State Lottery to disclose big winners we may never know who purchased the winning ticket.
In a picture published on the Lottery's website announcing the winning, it is not the winner accepting the prize money. Instead, it is Brady McDevitt, an attorney and the trustee of The Apple Nominee Trust of Milton.
McDevitt was able to accept the check as a trustee on the ...
Nov 29, 2015, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. grandmother wins second $1 million lottery prize
A grandmother won $1 million on a scratch ticket at the very same Massachusetts grocery store where she won the same prize almost 20 years ago.
I'm lucky, what can I say? Constance Carpenito said with a laugh. You've got to be lucky to win a million twice.
Carpenito who struck it rich on a $20 Massachusetts State Lottery $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire scratch ticket that also offers $1 million payouts is chalking up her improbable repeat win to her commitment to playing the lottery at h ...
Nov 15, 2015, 2:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery considers its own online fantasy sports game
The Massachusetts Lottery is considering developing a daily fantasy sports game as the online competitions have exploded in popularity and faced increased scrutiny about their legality.
Michael Sweeney, the lottery's executive director, said exploring options amid such games' legal ambiguity is necessary if state lotteries are to remain viable in a changing gambling landscape.
Until such time as it becomes absolutely clear that this is illegal, we have an obligation to really grapple with ...
Nov 9, 2015, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Man surprises wife with $1 million lottery win
An Upton, Massachusetts, man who set aside a retirement nest egg to play the Massachusetts State Lottery won $1 million on a scratch ticket. It was good fortune that he briefly kept from his wife, the lottery said.
For many years, Raymond Hazell put aside $10 to $15 from each paycheck to build a fund that he would use to play the lottery when he retired.
Hazell purchased the winning ticket in the $4,000,000 Gold Bullion game at Hopkinton Wine Spirits.
After claiming his prize, Hazell's ...
Oct 29, 2015, 1:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. postal worker wins $4 million one day after getting married
On Thursday, Timothy Sullivan promised his new wife to be lawfully wedded for richer or for poorer.
On Friday, Sullivan became a couple million dollars richer to fulfill that promise.
The postal worker from Raynham, Massachusetts, won a $4 million dollar lottery prize just one day after marrying his wife Tanya. He had taken part in the 100X The Cash $10 ticket game, the Massachusetts State Lottery said in a statement.
Claiming the instant prize from the lottery's Braintree headquarters ...
Aug 31, 2015, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
$1M lottery winner admits stealing from cancer-stricken brother's business
When Manuel Buginga found out his sister had been embezzling money from his Brockton construction business for years he didn't know what to do.
Buginga said he was even more shocked to learn that she increased the amount she had been stealing after she found out he had been diagnosed with cancer and also after she won $1 million on a scratch ticket just two months prior.
In March 2012, Buginga was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. With the news of his cancer he went to review his bank acco ...
Jul 19, 2015, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum