Are there ways to scam state lotteries – i.e. to “arrange” to win over and over again, against impossible odds?
Before answering, I will ask you to read this article, published by the Columbia Journalism Review. I have a feeling it might give you insights…and suspicions…you don’t already have.
Here’s just one segment:
In total, we analyzed 11 million lottery prize claim records covering 36 of the nation’s 45 lotteries. What we found astonished us:
- In the past seven years, nearly 1,700 Americans were frequent winners—which we defined as having claimed 50 or more lottery tickets each worth $600 or more.
- Clarance Jones of Lynn, Massachusetts, the nation’s most frequent winner, claimed more than 7,300 tickets worth $600 or more in only six years.
- Jones would have had to spend at least $300 million to have a 1-in-10 million chance of winning so often, according to a statistician we consulted at the University of California, Berkeley. (Jones did not respond to requests for comment.)
- The odds are extraordinary even for winners with far smaller win tallies. According to the analysis, Nadine Vukovich, Pennsylvania’s most frequent winner, would have had to spend $7.8 million to have a 1-in-10 million chance of winning her 209 tickets worth $600 or more.
Did that get your attention?
Good. I thought it would.
You have the link. Please read the entire article. And then you might join me in wondering what is going to be done about it.