2 Massachusetts Men Won Lottery, Stayed on Welfare

Authorities say men now face larceny charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2012 4:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say winning hundreds of thousands of dollars in the state lottery wasn't enough for two Massachusetts men: They also allegedly collected welfare benefits at the same time, and now they face larceny charges. James Casey Jr. of Waltham allegedly did not tell welfare officials that he has won more than $700,000 while he was collecting more than $12,000 in state health benefits and more than $1,500 in food stamps, while Frank Basile of Belmont allegedly collected more than $17,000 in state health benefits during the time he won $316,000 on the lottery. Basile told a local paper the charges are "a mistake" because his gambling losses are higher than his winnings. (Read more lottery winner stories.)

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