exploiting a bug in lottery terminals to print off winning tickets on demand. Connecticut prosecutors say the group conspired to manipulate automated ticket dispensers to run off '5 Card Cash' tickets that granted on-the-spot payouts in the US state.
According to the
Hartford Courant, a group of shop owners and employees set up the
machines to process a flood of tickets at once, which caused a temporary display freeze.
This allowed operators to see which of the tickets about to be
dispensed would be winning ones, cancel the duff ones, and print the
good ones, it's alleged.
The winning tickets would be cashed and billed
to the state lottery.
So the gamble gets them time where they will be taken from the streets and put behind bars.
Was the risk worth it?
Criminal types always lack common sense.