For over a decade, the notorious Jaafar family ran a sophisticated lottery laundering network across Massachusetts, cashing in on over $20 million in illicit winnings.
Ali Jaafar, a cunning Lebanese immigrant, utilized his army of complicit convenience store owners and phantom winners to game the system for immense fraudulent payouts. With sons Yousef and Mohamed soon inducted into the criminal enterprise, the criminal congregation swelled their ranks, collecting over 1,000 tainted tickets per year under Ali’s militant direction.
To bypass taxes and scrutiny, the operation employed the “10-percenting” grift, recruiting straw buyers to secretly profit off legitimate winners’ luck. Before long, their racket had thoroughly corrupted the state’s lottery, with Ali alone raking in approximately $10 million in untaxed loot.
However, their downfall began in 2019 when suspicious regulators exposed the family business’ “statistically improbable” results. A sprawling investigation by the Lottery Commission and IRS soon closed in on the crooked crime cabal.
After a nail-biting trial, Ali and Yousef received prison sentences for masterminding the audacious seven-figure lottery scam. The tangled tale serves as a cautionary case of greed run amok and the immense risks of gambling with the government.