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A Michigan retiree found a way to legally beat the Massachusetts State Lottery and win millions. His story is now the focus of a film on Paramount+.

Jerry & Marge Go Large tells the true story of retiree Jerry Selbee and his wife Marge after they discover a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery. Together, they win millions and use the money to revitalize their small Michigan town, Paramount+ said.

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The cast includes stars such as Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Larry Wilmore and Rainn Wilson. It is currently only available in the United States. However, it will launch later this year on Paramount+ in Australia, Canada and Latin America.

Between 2005 and 2011, according to Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan, reported MLive, Selbee took advantage of favorable odds in the Massachusetts Cash WinFall game.

The Cash WinFall game was launched in September 2004. Each $2 bet allowed the customer to choose six numbers between 1 and 46. The aim was to match the six numbers randomly selected during the Monday and Thursday night draws, the report said.

However, the jackpot was capped at $2 million. When it hit that cap and no one won, it then created a ‘roll down’ feature where the jackpot was distributed to those who won smaller prizes.

MLive reported that Selbee felt playing at the time of an expected rolldown was statistically “a good bet,” according to the report.

“Anyone putting these two facts together would see an obvious way to make money: sit on the sidelines while other players build the jackpot to nearly $2 million, and then jump in,” Sullivan wrote.

The couple then drove to Massachusetts to buy thousands of lottery tickets.

The news outlet reported that the Selbees bought 60,000 tickets for $120,000 on their first trip and made a 45 percent profit on the group bet. And in July 2011, the investment group made its biggest bet to date, buying 360,000 tickets for $720,000.

Sullivan’s report states that this type of betting “was permitted and encouraged because it provided a financial benefit to the state.”

“Cash WinFall was a financial success for the lottery,” Sullivan wrote. “It generated approximately $300 million in ticket sales, of which nearly $120 million went to lottery operations and the funds distributed to cities and communities.

Selbees played 42 times and lost just once, he told MLive.

In 2011, Massachusetts discontinued the game.

“We haven’t done anything illegal,” Selbee told the news outlet. “At my age I refuse to do anything illegal.”

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