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  • Gaming the Lottery: An International Investigation of the Nearly $300 Billion Industry

    This project extended our investigation into the global lottery industry. In 2018 we revealed Massachusetts’ failure to implement the policy it had announced to monitor frequent lottery winners and the state’s wildly inequitable system of distributing lottery proceeds, the cynical targeting of poor people in Bolivia and systemic corruption in the South African lottery. We filed more than a dozen FOIA requests, analyzed hundreds of thousands of records, read hundreds of documents, scraped 17 years of lottery grant recipients’ data. We conducted dozens of interviews, generated widespread media pickup and interest from colleagues in multiple countries, Our findings and reporting led to arrests and official investigations in the United States and South Africa.
  • Tax breaks for gentrifiers: How a 1990s property tax revolt has skewed the Portland-area tax burden

    An analysis of thousands of property tax records found that most Portland-area homeowners pay more than their fair share of the cost of local government and schools, thanks to Oregon's skewed tax system. A small share of property owners, mainly people who bought into rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, enjoy huge tax breaks under the system. The Oregonian/OregonLive analysis is the first to ever quantify winners and losers and the first to identify, house by house, who would benefit from tax reform. The answer? Most people.
  • Gaming the Lottery

    The Palm Beach Post analyzed the Florida Lottery's 20-year database of winners and applied mathematical analysis to reveal that some people were winning the lottery too often, exposing fraud and forcing the lottery to make changes.
  • Gambling in New York

    A four-part series with three sidebars looking at the winners and losers in New York State's 40-year experiment with gambling as a creator of state revenue and jobs. The series was timed to appear as the state's voters considered whether to open New York to full-scale gambling.
  • Welfare Exposed

    Through a persistent and meticulous investigation, this series of reports exposed how Pennsylvania tax dollars are being carelessly mishandled by the state's most funded, yet most secretive, department: Public Welfare. This investigation broke new ground in detailing how the state is failing to protect taxpayer dollars. From big-time lottery winners still collecting to cultural rot within the department, this series shocked the department's own Secretary, who called our findings "appalling." Via privacy laws, the state has created a system that limits its own accountability. This series circumvented those limitations.
  • Forced to Fight

    The original story documents how a remote facility for foster children with developmental disabilities forced to fight each other for the staff's entertainment, then rewarded the winners with snacks. The subsequent stories exposed a history of abuse and neglect at the facility.
  • Luck of the Draw

    This is the story of 82-year-old Bob Edmonds, "who had his ticket stolen and then had to fight the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for years to get his winnings back." This story also details other issues with the lottery in Ontario, Canada, like the fact clerks "selling lottery tickets were stealing from their customers."
  • USA Today Predictive Indexes

    USA Today demonstrates how it uses social science research methods to, often successfully, predict the big winners in the Oscars and the PGA Tour.
  • Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business & Bad Medicine

    Pulitzer Prize winners Donald Barlett and James Steele investigate the world of health care systems and discover that health care in the U.S. is substandard. The book looks at the practices which keep health insurance executives rich while denying treatment for the sick. Specifically, "Critical Condition" looks at why, despite spending more money on health care than any other country, the U.S. life expectancy only ranks 29th in the world.
  • The price of your honor

    An analysis of contested superior court races from 1996 to 2002 showed that although some spending has increased, about half the winners spent less than $75,000. The results buck conventional wisdom that campaign costs for such elections have skyrocketed, though the analysis did reveal a growing group of candidates who spent more than $200,000 on their campaigns.