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Retiree From Rural Michigan Tells Us The Moment He Figured Out How To Beat The State's Lottery

•, Rob Wile
 Gerald Selbee was never a big lotto guy.

The 73-year-old retired store owner from rural Michigan who still prefers paper to computers occasionally played Pick-3s and Pick-4s, and even more rarely instant games or scratch-offs.

On Friday, Selbee and a host of others were named — but absolved of any wrongdoing — in a report from the Massachusetts Inspector General's office on how large-volume betters cracked that state's game.

One day in 2003, while buying a soda at a convenience store, he picked up a brochure advertising Michigan's newest lotto game, a pick-5 called Winfall.

The game was structured so that if the jackpot hit $5 million but was not claimed, the money would "roll-down" to those who'd picked five, four and three numbers correctly.

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