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Arizona Lottery releases name of Powerball jackpot winner

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Posted: December 11, 2012, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

Am I the only one who is "miffed" that he chose to remain anonymous but the AP because of "freedom" of information made it public anyway?

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    Am I the only one who is "miffed" that he chose to remain anonymous but the AP because of "freedom" of information made it public anyway?

    There was never a question that he would be "outted".

     

    Anonymous in this instance only meant that he declined to participate in the press conference.

     

    I think that the use of that word on the part of the lottery is misleading when they knew that the request would be made and by law they would have no choice but to comply.

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      Posted: December 11, 2012, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

      A rich white boy......... just like I said.......


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        Am I the only one who is "miffed" that he chose to remain anonymous but the AP because of "freedom" of information made it public anyway?

        No miffing necessary, its part of playing the lottery.


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          He obviously owns a modest home! So much for him already being wealthy because he lives in Fountain Hills Arizona!

          Now, what will the crybabies whine about! Crying

          I'm happy for the rich white boy. I think rich people are the most deserving winners..........

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            Congratulations to him!  From all accounts, he's simply a really nice guy; he deserves it!

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              He obviously owns a modest home! So much for him already being wealthy because he lives in Fountain Hills Arizona!

              Now, what will the crybabies whine about! Crying

              I agree that many people on this site assume that he is wealthy because he has a $289k home in supposedly an affluent neighborhood. From what I can see after seeing a picture of his house it's far from high end. He most likely was a hard working middle class individual who after netting over $115 million (after 35% Federal/5% state tax) is now indeed very wealthy and in the top 0.1% Smile

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                Posted: December 11, 2012, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

                Am I the only one who is "miffed" that he chose to remain anonymous but the AP because of "freedom" of information made it public anyway?

                He could have had an attorney claim it under a trust that had many shell company within and it would have been much more difficult to reveal.

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                  He could have had an attorney claim it under a trust that had many shell company within and it would have been much more difficult to reveal.

                  Didn't someone try that a few months ago in one the western states and they refused to pay their NY lawyer unless the actual buyer of the ticket showed up?

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                    I agree that many people on this site assume that he is wealthy because he has a $289k home in supposedly an affluent neighborhood. From what I can see after seeing a picture of his house it's far from high end. He most likely was a hard working middle class individual who after netting over $115 million (after 35% Federal/5% state tax) is now indeed very wealthy and in the top 0.1% Smile

                    Wealth people can live in cheap $289k house if they want.

                    Especially if they are too cheap to get a real house.

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                      The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to an affluent Phoenix suburb last year before striking it rich in the lotto.

                      The winner is Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.

                      Good took the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing, telling lottery officials the looming fiscal cliff was the reason he claimed the winnings now and not in the next calendar year. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jackpot.

                      Good grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, said in an interview with the AP that Good was "a typical kid" who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father Ray with the news.

                      "My husband, he just can't get over it," said Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee. "It's his son."

                      He told his father "they're out of sight and they would contact him," she said.

                      No one answered the door Monday at Good's home, which has a tile roof and desert landscaping.

                      Property records showed that Good paid $289,900 for the 2,500-square-foot home in September 2011. The real estate listing describes the house as having gorgeous mountain views, vaulted ceilings, a backyard with an outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage.

                      Good previously issued a statement that said: "It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift. We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes. Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy."

                      Charlotte Good said she helped raise Matt from the age of 5 — after his biological mother had died of cancer — and until his late teens, when he moved in to the house next door to live with his ailing grandfather.

                      Charlotte Good was reading details about her stepson's winnings from Internet accounts on Monday while she packed for an impending move.

                      Matt Good attended Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, and had been working in the electronics field when they moved to Arizona a year ago, she said. A LinkedIn profile for Matthew Good in Fountain Hills lists him as a training manager for an electronics company.

                      Neighbors said they were slightly acquainted with Good and described him as a generous, amiable person who keeps up his property.

                      Randy Tanner, who lives next door, said Good has a warm relationship with his daughter, who is about 5. Good recently helped Tanner carry a table to a friend's house in the neighborhood.

                      "You can't beat them for neighbors," said retired police officer Jerry Meltzer, who lives across the street.

                      Good bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winner in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was an instant millionaire.

                      Lotto officials said he gave $20 to the cashier of a Fountain Hills convenience store, and the clerk nudged him to spend the entire amount on tickets. He declined the offer.

                      After Good and his wife learned of their good fortune, he pulled together a team of financial advisers and decided to take his share this month to avoid potentially higher taxes in 2013.

                      Lottery officials said Good's wife owns half the prize because Arizona is a community property state.

                      A mechanic and his wife, Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., already have claimed their half of the multistate Powerball prize.

                      The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history and set off a nationwide buying frenzy. At one point, tickets were selling at nearly 130,000 a minute.

                      Before the drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 consecutive times without any winners. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.

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                      This is exactly why I wouldn't waste my time trying to be anonymous, because the press will find you whether you hide behind an entity or not.

                      Of course I'd still set up a trust just to make it somewhat difficult for the majority of the public but waiting 2 months plus to collect is a move made by the paranoids of LP members.

                      Give me my check so I can collect interest, and good luck trying to find me, I wouldn't stay put for  long, at least not for the first 6 months..lol

                       

                      And $289,000 for a house is considered affulent? Not even houses in Ohio in that price range is considered affulent and Ohio has some dirt cheap houses.

                       Hmm... Anyone with a $75,000 combined income can afford that easily if they live reasonably and not try to Jones out with other household expenses.

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                        This is exactly why I wouldn't waste my time trying to be anonymous, because the press will find you whether you hide behind an entity or not.

                        Of course I'd still set up a trust just to make it somewhat difficult for the majority of the public but waiting 2 months plus to collect is a move made by the paranoids of LP members.

                        Give me my check so I can collect interest, and good luck trying to find me, I wouldn't stay put for  long, at least not for the first 6 months..lol

                         

                        And $289,000 for a house is considered affulent? Not even houses in Ohio in that price range is considered affulent and Ohio has some dirt cheap houses.

                         Hmm... Anyone with a $75,000 combined income can afford that easily if they live reasonably and not try to Jones out with other household expenses.

                        Yea I said the same thing about $289,000 being "affluent". I do like his circle pool if that home is his.  Shows some originality. I think that is terrible that his home was identified. If they start doing this "outing" with the lesser $ 20 million winners, someone is going to be harmed sooner or later. Also, that is why if you have a facebook account, linkedin, etc, try to avoid using your personal photo.  Use a pic of something else.

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                          Posted: December 11, 2012, 8:01 pm - IP Logged

                          A rich white boy......... just like I said.......

                          What does his color have to do with him winning the lotteryWhat?

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                            Describing a particular town and those who reside within affluent is too broad of a term. Jupiter, FL is considered an extremely wealthy area yet the residence live in homes ranging from 200k on up to $100 million. Many of these neighborhoods are very diverse and not everyone is considered rich.

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                              Posted: December 11, 2012, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

                              Didn't someone try that a few months ago in one the western states and they refused to pay their NY lawyer unless the actual buyer of the ticket showed up?

                              That story had all sorts of holes. Someone had signed the back of the ticket and mispelled the company, that was just one of the many red flags. The lottery prize ended up expiring and going unclaimed.