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
Massachusetts Lottery conducts $10M Raffle draw
By Todd Northrop
The Massachusetts Lottery today conducted the state's second massive raffle drawing it's first in more than four years awarding a $7 million prize, a $1 million prize, and many more other cash prizes.
However good the prizes may be for lottery players, for the state the drawing is bittersweet, since nearly half of the 1 million tickets went unsold.
Lottery officials will hand out more than $10 million in prize money to 1,067 ticket holders even though the game generated ...
Jan 1, 2012, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Professional lottery player wins tax dispute
Big winnings, tiny taxes
Several times a week, Clarance W. Jones does something most people can only dream of: He cashes in bunches of winning lottery tickets.
And even better, he has found a way to pay barely any taxes on the massive take.
Over the past decade, the 73-year-old from Lynn has redeemed more than 10,000 tickets from the state lottery more than any other person worth a total of more than $18 million.
He has also long fought efforts by the state to collect considerable ta ...
Nov 5, 2011, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery game was sure-thing for a few groups
Massachusetts Lottery officials this summer said they were surprised to learn that a handful of high-stakes gamblers had taken over one of their $2 games, with just three groups of bettors accounting for most of the winning tickets statewide at certain times. The lottery disciplined two sales agents who allowed the high-rollers to run the ticket machines themselves and announced new rules to limit the dominance of sophisticated bettors.
But the Globe has found that lottery managers for years ...
Oct 16, 2011, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. man claims $32M Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Includes video report
A lottery winner has come forward in Boston and claimed the $32 million Mega Millions jackpot from the Fri., Aug. 19, 2011 drawing.
The $32 million winner was introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.
The newest multi-millionaire in Massachusetts is a 47-year-old man who lives in Dorchester.
He used to be a record keeper, but has been unemployed ever since he was laid off.
Candido Oliveira bought a single Quick Pick ticket last week for Mega Millions, match ...
Aug 23, 2011, 7:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning $32M Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in Massachusetts
One lucky Massachusetts resident is $32 million richer after Friday night's drawing of the Mega Millions jackpot, state lottery officials said.
They said a single ticket sold at a Tedeschi Food store on Neponset Avenue in Dorchester matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball selected in the Friday, Aug. 19 Mega Millions drawing to win the multi-state game's $32 million jackpot.
The ticket bearing the winning numbers was 5, 15, 53, 54, and 56, with Mega Ball number 22, lottery officials sa ...
Aug 21, 2011, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery closes loophole after big wins
It was great while it lasted, for the few who knew the trick and had the money to take advantage of it.
A lottery game in Massachusetts, known as Cash WinFall, had a quirk in it. Every three months or so, if the WinFall jackpot exceeded $2 million but nobody picked all six of the randomly-chosen winning numbers, the money in the jackpot pool would go to people who picked only four or five correct numbers.
The Massachusetts Lottery said the odds of picking all six numbers were 1 in 9,366,81 ...
Aug 3, 2011, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery game very profitable for those who know how and when to play
High-rolling gamblers are exploiting a quirk in Cash WinFall, raking in huge profits every 3 months
Billy's Beer and Wine sold exactly $47 worth of lottery tickets the day before Marjorie Selbee arrived, just another sleepy day for the liquor store in this tiny Western Massachusetts town. But from the moment the 70-something woman from Michigan entered the store early July 12, Billy's wasn't sleepy anymore.
Over the next three days, Selbee bought $307,000 worth of $2 tickets for a relative ...
Jul 31, 2011, 8:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery jackpots expire every year
If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers: 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000. The jackpot expired Wednesday.
In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky winner in Florida.
ABC News have found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 (two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Au ...
Jul 29, 2011, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery to end TV broadcasts
Starting Aug. 15 the Massachusetts Lottery will only show video replays of its in-state lottery drawings on its Web site, shifting away from the television format that players in Massachusetts have grown accustomed to since the 1970s.
Ending its agreement with current broadcast partner WCVB-Channel 5, Lottery officials will host its daily drawings mid-day and in the evening at their Braintree headquarters and post the full drawing online at masslottery.com just minutes after the drawing occur ...
Jul 27, 2011, 3:07 pm - Lottery News forum