High-rollers profit from Cash Winfall

Investigative reports from the Globe exposing a quirk in a Massachusetts Lottery game that allowed a knowing few to rake in huge profits.

A game with a windfall for a knowing few

Some sophisticated gamblers have figured out how to increase their odds of winning in the state’s Cash WinFall game, and the lottery is allowing them to do it.

Lottery restricts high-level players

The state severely restricted the number of Cash WinFall lottery tickets any store can sell in a day, closing a loophole that has allowed a few gamblers to win most of the prizes.

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The inspector general will review the lottery’s Cash WinFall game to determine how a single betting group was able to hijack the multimillion dollar drawing.

 Gerry Selbee, shown at his home in Evart, Mich., said the regional lottery director in Western Massachusetts personally thanked him for propping up flat sales.

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Lottery officials helped high rollers see windfalls

The Boston Globe has found that lottery managers for years allowed and some say even encouraged high-roller groups to manipulate the game Cash WinFall.

Cash WinFall was introduced in 2004. Every three months or so it became highly profitable for some syndicates.

Inspector says Mass. lottery knew of WinFall schemes

Lottery officials did nothing about a small group of gambling syndicates who had taken over Cash WinFall until the Globe began investigating, according to state IG Gregory Sullivan.