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
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