HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities have charged six people in connection with a scheme to manipulate the state lottery into issuing more winning tickets on one instant game.

Some of the suspects run stores that sell lottery tickets. They are charged with first-degree larceny, first-degree computer crimes and rigging a game.

The arrests were announced Tuesday by the state Department of Consumer Protection.

The suspects were allegedly manipulating the 5 Card Cash game to produce more winners then keeping the proceeds. Authorities say one man made more than $36,000 manipulating the game.

The game was suspended in November after state lottery officials noticed there were more winning tickets than the game’s parameters should have allowed. It remains suspended.

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