$144M Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee claimed by trust

Dec 3, 2015, 4:05 pm (15 comments)


By Todd Northrop

The second largest prize and fourth Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee was claimed today at the Tennessee Lottery's Nashville headquarters.

The $144.1 million ticket, purchased at Hobson Tobacco and Beer, 2216 Hobson Pike in Antioch, was claimed by the Avondale Revocable Trust.

Winners of big jackpots sometimes use trusts as a way to avoid having their names appear in the media. (See More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously, Lottery Post, Nov. 29, 2015.)

The winning Powerball ticket in the Nov. 4, 2015 drawing matched all five white balls plus the Powerball to win the $144.1 million jackpot.

Avondale Revocable Trust chose to receive the lump sum of $89,795,622 rather than the estimated annuitized amount of $144.1 million.

The owner of Hobson Tobacco and Beer received $25,000 for selling the ticket.

In addition to the four Powerball jackpots, a Mega Millions jackpot has also been won in Tennessee. (See Woman and son claim Tennessee's first Mega Millions jackpot win, Lottery Post, Jan. 15, 2014.)

Since the Tennessee Education Lottery began selling tickets January 20, 2004, it has sold 177 winning tickets worth $1 million or more, and has generated more than $3.5 billion for education programs in Tennessee.

Lottery Post Staff


Raven62's avatarRaven62

It's the trendy thing to do: Good move on the part of the Winner(s)!

Gleno's avatarGleno

Another smart winner has used the strategy of setting up a Trust to claim their prize.


hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

travelintrucker's avatartravelintrucker

Send your luck my way!! Congratulations!Party

music*'s avatarmusic*

 Congratulations to the Tennessee Power Ball winner!  Smart move to use a Living Revocable Trust.

 Plus you took your time claiming the win.  Patriot

dpoly1's avatardpoly1

That's a good move in TN, but here in PA they will still publish your name!


maximumfun's avatarmaximumfun

Quote: Originally posted by dpoly1 on Dec 3, 2015

That's a good move in TN, but here in PA they will still publish your name!


Here in Little Rhodie as well.  :)

billybob1185's avatarbillybob1185

I am glad to see some one(s) from Tennessee able to remain anonymous. It will be interesting to see if the person or persons can maintain their anonymity. If this is the case I will consider buying lottery tickets in TN. Otherwise I will be traveling to one of the states that allows persons in it state to remain anonymous. I think these states allow winners to remain anonymous Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.


This question has been asked several times.

I have not found a good answer.

Sign the lottery ticket or don’t sign your name on it.

Some say to form a Trust then sign the trusts name on the ticket.

Most legal websites on the net say to sign the ticket then inform the lottery officials that you will be claiming anonymous.

This is something I stumbled across the other day. However it dose not nail down the question about signing the ticket in your own name or the trusts name? unless they mean claim the winning under the blind trust name by signing the ticket in the trusts name? if that is possible. I would think the trust would have to have a tax number of some kind.

  • Make copies of original (front and back)
  • Secure the original it in a safe place
  • Hire a lawyer
  • Form a blind trust
  • Inform lottery official that you are claiming anonymously
  • Claim winnings under the blind trust name

Guess I need to venture up to Ohio more frequently.  Though not quite the answer to your questions; California lottery has an excellent guide to what you do when you win the lottery.  I printed off my own copy; however it is yet to come to fruition.

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats to the smart lucky winner.

whiteballz's avatarwhiteballz

I'm hoping it was rdgrnr who won so he can finally meet the Dragon Lady.

ressuccess's avatarressuccess

Congratulations to this jackpot winner. I didn't know that this jackpot winning ticket ended up with a double 17 with the winning numbers are 2, 12, 17, 20, 65 and the Power ball number was 17.

ohiopick3's avatarohiopick3

Nice hit for the person that won. It could be any of us after tonight's drawing!

That would be nice to see at Lottery Post! Because you never know.

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

Thumbs UpVery smart move.

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