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
Lottery winner busted on pot charge
A Massachusetts man riding high after winning $500 in the lottery jumped onto the roof of a car to celebrate, only to be brought back to earth by police, who busted him for property damage and possession of marijuana, officials said.
Cops arrested Joseph Taglieri, 31, outside of his apartment on Prince Street in Boston yesterday, after watching him scream YEEESSSS!!!!! and leap onto a nearby 1994 Toyota Camry, denting the roof, according to the Suffolk District Attorney's Office.
I was ha ...
Jul 22, 2011, 5:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. state senator wants online lottery ticket sales
A Beacon Hill push under way today to sell Massachusetts Lottery tickets online which backers say could boost cash-strapped state coffers by as much as $1 billion a year is getting strong support from an unlikely corner liberal icon U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
I don't understand why liberals think they're supposed to tell people not to gamble, Frank told the Herald yesterday. They favor gay marriage, legalization of marijuana and sex-oriented literature, but not gambling. It's totally inconsiste ...
Jul 19, 2011, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Mobster's lottery documents sold on eBay
A collection of documents claiming to offer the signature of James Whitey Bulger from his multimillion dollar Massachusetts Lottery win went up for sale on eBay Monday.
For sale are what is purported to be the documentation from Bulger's $14.3 million dollar lottery prize.
The documents were put up for sale by Jean Linskey, the former wife of one of Bulger's partners in the win, Michael Linskey.
Michael Linskey had purchased a Mass Millions season ticket at the South Boston Liquor Mart, ...
Jul 12, 2011, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Damaging evidence against former Mass Lottery overseer
Former Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill was directly involved in the state lottery's decision to launch a $1.65 million taxpayer-funded advertising blitz seen as benefiting his campaign for governor last year, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by local media.
In August 2010, Cahill met for lunch with Hill Holliday chief executive Michael J. Sheehan, according to e-mails between lottery officials and the Boston firm. Following that lunch, Diane Anderson, then the ...
Jun 22, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery player claims state's first Powerball jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A retried U.S. Navy civilian worker from Fall River, Massachusetts, came forward Thursday to claim his Powerball jackpot, Massachusetts lottery officials said.
James Jimmy Freeman won $25.6 million in the Powerball drawing on June 8. Lottery officials said he opted for the one-time, lump sum payment of $13.4 million before taxes. He came forward to claim his jackpot just several hours after learning he won the massive prize.
Freeman's jackpot-wi ...
Jun 13, 2011, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Audit finds 'ticket cashers' remain problem for Mass Lottery
Allow winners to avoid paying taxes, support
The Massachusetts State Lottery continues to have a widespread problem with ticket-cashers'' who claim prizes valued at millions of dollars, apparently allowing the actual winners to avoid taxes on their winnings, the state auditor said yesterday.
An audit released yesterday, as well as prior reports, found numerous instances in which certain people were claiming hundreds of prizes worth millions of dollars,'' State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci's o ...
Dec 23, 2010, 4:50 pm - Lottery News forum