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Oklahoma Powerball lottery winner claims prize

Aug 2, 2006, 12:54 pm

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Two men representing a trust claimed the $101.8 million Powerball jackpot from the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, lottery officials announced Wednesday.

The WJW Investment Trust will receive a lump-sum cash payment of $32.8 million after taxes. The winning ticket was purchased at a Broken Arrow convenience store on June 17. Indiana also sells the tickets.

Trustee Richard Barlow and the trust's attorney, David Walls, presented the winning ticket to the Lottery Commission on Tuesday, said Jay Finks, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Lottery Commission.

In a statement released by the trust, the beneficiaries said the trust was created to maintain their privacy and to help invest and manage the proceeds.

"They wish to deal with the funds in a prudent manner in accordance with their own desires, values, and standards," the statement read.

"We are proof that you never know when you might win and you cannot win unless you play," the beneficiaries are quoted as saying.

Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery, said lottery officials were growing concerned that the winning ticket may have been lost.

"That fear has now been put to rest, and it's great to know that the trust and the state of Oklahoma each will benefit as a result," Scroggins said.

Oklahoma will receive more than $1.8 million in state taxes. The federal taxes on the jackpot totaled $11.5 million.

The current Powerball jackpot is $178 million.  The drawing is tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.


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9 comments. Last comment 14 years ago by Just6ntlc.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
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Posted: August 2, 2006, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

It's especially good to hear of a state's first jackpot winner choosing lump sum. More so if the annuity value is nine figures.

    rundown99's avatar - cigar

    United States
    Member #567
    August 14, 2002
    500 Posts
    Posted: August 2, 2006, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

    Wait a minute!!!


    Does this mean that Oklahoma lottery winners can remain anonymous with the help of a trust?

    Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings.  They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed.  And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.

    If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!

    People can talk about strategies and gimmicks all they want, but unless your ticket actually matches at least 5 of those 6 balls, you are just another person who tried to win a game yet ultimately failed.

      RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
      United States
      Member #9
      March 24, 2001
      20272 Posts
      Posted: August 2, 2006, 2:07 pm - IP Logged

      For someone who wanted to maintain their privacy, those beneficiaries released a lot of statements to be read on their behalf.  If they say that much privately, then it's likely their friends and neighbors know who they are.

       * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

      Thumbs Up       

        justxploring's avatar - villiarna
        Wandering Aimlessly
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        November 5, 2005
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        Posted: August 2, 2006, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

        I agree with both of you. The article seems to indicate that a Trust will protect the names of the winners. In FL I've seen jackpots claimed in a Trust, but the names of the winners are still printed in the news release.  However, as RJOh writes, these people need to be careful and button their lips if they want to keep their secret hidden from neighbors and relatives. Still, not announcing the names in the paper is a great help and, if I ever win a jackpot, that would certainly save me a lot of aggravation.

          Coastal Georgia
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          Member #2653
          October 30, 2003
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          Posted: August 2, 2006, 3:30 pm - IP Logged

          I guess all the worrywarts can just go find something else to worry about now..

          I remember seeing headlines wondering who won and when the winners would come forward.

          Not everyone goes running down to the Lottery HQ the first business day after the win- some people, like the above,  are SMARTer than that...








            justxploring's avatar - villiarna
            Wandering Aimlessly
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            Member #25359
            November 5, 2005
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            Posted: August 2, 2006, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

            I Agree!

            So many times I read on the FL site that "Joe Brown, an 82 year old retired machinist" or "Sally Johnson, a 78 year old retired secretary" won amulti-million $$ jackpot.  It will go on to say they plan to share some of their good fortune with their children and grandchildren.  I'm not an attorney, but the little I know about gift & estate tells me it makes more sense to either form a Trust, LLC or just let one of your children or grandchildren claim the prize when your that age.

            Yikes, another bad storm...bye 4 now!  

              bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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              March 18, 2005
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              Posted: August 2, 2006, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

              I also agree. I think it was a good idea for them to take their time and not go rushing in. I never understood why people have this need for others to come forward right away.

              Dance like no one is watching.

                Kidzmom's avatar - cold
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                February 23, 2005
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                Posted: August 2, 2006, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                I think people will claim their prize in their own time depending on their personal circumstances.  My financial planner is a relative and my  lawyer is a relative also , so I will be really good on that end when I win the lottery.  I just feel that if you've been financially planning for years for retirement then you should  have no problem with a large sum of money should it happen. Retirement for me is basically 30yrs off so either way I am planning.  I would more than likely claim my money within a week or two of winning based solely on what I've already been doing in life.

                  United States
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                  June 2, 2005
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                  Posted: August 3, 2006, 11:40 pm - IP Logged

                  Good for them taking cash value. This is a great story.