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Reputed mobster shares $14 million lottery jackpot

BRAINTREE, Mass. -- Reputed Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger and three friends have won more than $14 million in the state lottery game, officials confirmed Tuesday.

'Unbelievable, if these guys could hit the lottery for $14 million,' said an unidentified law enforcement official. 'They don't need the money, that's for sure.'

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Bulger, described in 1986 by the President's Commission on Organized Crime as a 'reputed killer, bank robber and drug trafficker,' accompanied his three associates Monday as they claimed their winnings at the Massachusetts Lottery headquarters.

'I will confirm that they are the same people,' said lottery official Peter Mazareas.

Bulger, Michael Linskey of South Boston and his brother Patrick of Hanover, and Kevin J. Weeks of Quincy all showed up to verify their ticket was a winner in Friday's Mass Millions drawing, lottery officials said. Weeks was described as a close associate of Bulger.

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Michael Linskey claimed a 50 percent share of the jackpot as the owner of the ticket but he told lottery officials of the partnership in order to have the tax burden allocated among all four.

Under the agreement, Bulger, Weeks and Patrick Linskey will each get about $89,573 a year for the next 20 years. Michael Linskey will collect $268,668 each year.

A law enforcement official, who did not want his name used, said that Bulger has 'got plenty of money. He's having a hard enough time hiding all the money he has now.'

State Treasurer Joseph D. Malone, whose office controls lottery operations, said that people will assume the drawing was fixed because of pcc ynhlrxx. ynlmrxx. u. to naa bin r a bc-mobster:910aed sked 7-30 NEWLN: Reputed mobster shares $14 million lottery jackpot

BRAINTREE, Mass. (UPI) -- Reputed Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger and three friends have won more than $14 million in a state lottery game, officials confirmed Tuesday.

'Unbelievable, if these guys could hit the lottery for $14 million,' said an unidentified law enforcement official. 'They don't need the money, that's for sure.'

Bulger, described in 1986 by the President's Commission on Organized Crime as a 'reputed killer, bank robber and drug trafficker,' accompanied his three associates Monday as they claimed their winnings at the Massachusetts Lottery headquarters.

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'I will confirm that they are the same people,' said lottery official Peter Mazareas.

Bulger, Michael Linskey of South Boston and his brother Patrick of Hanover, and Kevin J. Weeks of Quincy all showed up to verify their ticket was a winner in Friday's Mass Millions drawing, lottery officials said. Weeks was described as a close associate of Bulger.

Michael Linskey claimed a 50 percent share of the jackpot as the owner of the ticket but he told lottery officials of the partnership in order to have the tax burden allocated among all four.

Under the agreement, Bulger, Weeks and Patrick Linskey will each get about $89,573 a year for the next 20 years. Michael Linskey will collect $268,668 each year.

A law enforcement official, who did not want his name used, said that Bulger has 'got plenty of money. He's having a hard enough time hiding all the money he has now.'

State Treasurer Joseph D. Malone, whose office controls lottery operations, said that people will assume the drawing was fixed because of Bulger's reputation.

However, Malone assistant Thomas Trimarco said that 'anybody can play the lottery and win and that's all this proves.'

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The lottery's executive director, Thomas O'Heir, said that the lottery 'has an absolutely foolproof system' to prevent tampering or fraud.

The winning ticket was purchased in the South Boston Liquor Mart, which, according to published reports, is owned by one of Bulger's close associates.

Bulger's name has long been linked to organized crime but he has only been convicted of a felony once, in 1956 for robbing banks in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Indiana. He served part of a 20-year jail sentence.

Last year a federal grand jury handed up 51 indictments in an alleged cocaine distribution ring in South Boston that law enforcement officials believe was operated by Bulger and Weeks but they were not among those indicted.

Bulger is the brother of Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger. Speculation is that his longevity stems from his reported role as an FBI informant and his relationship to his politician brother.

He is also known in his home turf in South Boston as the neighborhood's protector who keeps the streets free from muggings and rapes.NEWLN: ------

The winning number was 8-15-32-35-40-42.

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