Restrictions sought on Mass. lottery winnings

Daniel Snay

BOSTON (AP) — State Treasurer Steven Grossman has offered legislative leaders help in crafting a law to bar lottery winners from using their windfall to commit crimes.

The Boston Herald reports that Grossman’s offer comes days after police say a convicted sex offender who won a $10 million lottery prize used winnings to gain the trust of a boy he allegedly molested, then to buy his silence.

Grossman’s letter to Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo says such a bill should bar lottery winners from using prizes “to support criminal activities or threaten the safety and well-being of others.”

Grossman’s office oversees the lottery. He is a Democratic candidate for governor.

DeLeo’s spokesman says he received Grossman’s letter and “will consider options moving forward.”

Murray cautioned against a “knee-jerk reaction.”

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