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Indiana Powerball lottery winners likely to remain anonymous

PowerballPowerball: Indiana Powerball lottery winners likely to remain anonymous

INDIANAPOLIS — The winners of a $57.6 million Powerball prize have collected their money without ever showing their faces.

Lottery officials say the identities of people who split the Nov. 22 Powerball jackpot may never be made public.

A lawyer and an accountant representing SWS Investments, LLC, a group of "between eight and 13 people", collected the winnings Tuesday at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

Lottery officials say the winners wished to remain anonymous. The group decided to take the lump sum payment of $30,815,336.

The group purchased the winning ticket at Kanti's Lifestyles, a gift shop on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The company received a $100,000 bonus check for selling the winning ticket.

The big prize-winning ticket has been sold in Indiana 35 times, the most of any of the 29 states that take part in Powerball.

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Posted: December 24, 2008, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

The winners of a $57.6 million Powerball prize have collected their money without ever showing their faces.

Lottery officials say the identities of people who split the Nov. 22 Powerball jackpot may never be made public.

A lawyer and an accountant representing SWS Investments, LLC, a group of "between eight and 13 people", collected the winnings Tuesday at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

Lottery officials say the winners wished to remain anonymous. The group decided to take the lump sum payment of $30,815,336.

The group purchased the winning ticket at Kanti's Lifestyles, a gift shop on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The company received a $100,000 bonus check for selling the winning ticket.

The big prize-winning ticket has been sold in Indiana 35 times, the most of any of the 29 states that take part in Powerball.

Congratulations to the winners and what a smart move it was on their part to remain anonymous!

 

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    Posted: December 24, 2008, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations to the winners and what a smart move it was on their part to remain anonymous!

     

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    I Agree!     However,I didn't know until now that Indiana winners could remain anonymous.All states should allow winners to remain anonymous if they so choose.

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      Posted: December 24, 2008, 3:50 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree!     However,I didn't know until now that Indiana winners could remain anonymous.All states should allow winners to remain anonymous if they so choose.

      I don't think they "allow" it -- the winners kinda forced the issue by getting a smart lawyer.

       

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        Posted: December 24, 2008, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

        I don't think they "allow" it -- the winners kinda forced the issue by getting a smart lawyer.

        This is very good on their part.  EVERYONE who wins a jp should now know they could get a smart lawyer and remain anonymous.  That's the way to go.

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          Posted: December 24, 2008, 5:41 pm - IP Logged

          It is going to be a lot harder for people to suddenly decide that they were part of the pool too, since they are anonymous. :)

          I need to get that lawyer's name just incase.

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            Posted: December 24, 2008, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

            I wonder what Katini's will do with the 100K

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              Posted: December 24, 2008, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

              It is going to be a lot harder for people to suddenly decide that they were part of the pool too, since they are anonymous. :)

              I need to get that lawyer's name just incase.

              Absolutely.  I'll bet they are shaking their heads at this mess.

               

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                Posted: December 24, 2008, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

                Absolutely.  I'll bet they are shaking their heads at this mess.

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                  Posted: December 25, 2008, 1:37 am - IP Logged

                  It is going to be a lot harder for people to suddenly decide that they were part of the pool too, since they are anonymous. :)

                  I need to get that lawyer's name just incase.

                  When you win millions of dollars it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that your lifestyle will change and  some people will notice. People who know you, people who work with you. You know, the kind of people that pools are made of. If the people who won were involved in any pools, it's safe bet that other members of the pool(s) will notice, and get suspicious. If anybody who played in a pool thinks pool tickets were bought at the store where the winning ticket was sold they may just start paying attention to the other members of their pool. The lottery may not release the names to the general public, but anybody can serve them with a subpoena. Even without a subpoena, if somebody tells the lottery they were in a pool with John Jones, and it turns out the anonymous winner was John Jones, the lottery may well confirm it, or at least suggest that they get the subpoena. The downside of trying to be anonymous and then getting sued by people who claim to have been part of a pool is that they'll probably claim they were deliberately defrauded, which could result in losing more than just the shares the others would have gotten.

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                    Posted: December 25, 2008, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

                    It is going to be a lot harder for people to suddenly decide that they were part of the pool too, since they are anonymous. :)

                    I need to get that lawyer's name just incase.

                    I don't blame them.  Although it's nice to read the stories, I'd want to remain anonymous too.  Florida insists that the names of all winners must be public information, but I wonder if a good lawyer could find a loophole.  Even when claimed as a Trust or LLC, the names of the individuals are listed in the press releases.  I'd hate my name to be announced in the newspaper.  However, if I ever win millions, I guess I'll learn to suffer the consequences!

                    Regarding a pool, I think they're fine, but I'd only join one with a written agreement and if copies of the tickets are distributed to each member.  I mean, you'd never buy a TV or even a pair of shoes without getting a receipt, so it only makes sense to get a copy of any tickets played by a group to which you belong.

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                      Posted: December 26, 2008, 9:15 am - IP Logged

                      Now that's how it's done.

                      You gotta find me first.

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                        Posted: January 7, 2009, 10:11 pm - IP Logged

                        Anyways I would check out a tax lawyer or investment company .

                        Dont want the world know who I am . lol