Florida couple claims share of historic $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot

Feb 17, 2016, 3:05 pm (80 comments)

Powerball

Includes video report

By Todd Northrop

A married couple from Melbourne Beach, Florida, have claimed their one-third share of the world's biggest lottery jackpot of all time.

Although the prize money was claimed under a trust, the winners identified themselves in a press conference Wednesday afternoon as David Kaltschmidt, 55, and Maureen Smith, 70.

The winners, originally from Long Island, New York, have been residents of Melbourne Beach since 1991. They have no immediate plans to move.

Although the annuity share of the $1.6 billion jackpot was $528.8 million, the winnings were claimed with the lump-sum cash option, which amounts to a payment of $327,835,077.79 before taxes. Maureen said that the decision to choose the cash was based on her age.

Because Florida does not impose state tax on lottery prizes, the couple only has Federal income taxes to worry about.

Lottery officials said the winners had up to 180 days to claim the $528.8 million or 60 days to take the lump sum of $327.8 million. 

The winning numbers from the Jan. 13 drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, and 34, with Powerball number 10. The couple said they frequently shop at the Publix, located at 3830 Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach, where their winning ticket was purchased.

The historic jackpot was won by three tickets sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee. (See Record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won by 3 tickets, Lottery Post, Jan. 14, 2016.)

David is an employee of Northrop Grumman, a job he's held since 1980. He plans to retire, saying that instead of designing airplanes he will now concentrate on tax strategies, investments, and charities. Maureen is a homemaker.

The couple has been keeping the win a secret from everyone, including family, friends, and work, since winning the massive prize on January 13.

Keeping the secret was not easy. The first day after the win David arrived late for work, prompting employees to ask him if he was the winner. He told them he didn't purchase a ticket. (He didn't lie, because Maureen was the one who bought it.)

Finally the couple notified family members about their win about a week ago.

Their biggest concern is security, now that their identities are revealed. David said that he has been adding some security systems to the couple's home.

They refused to speak about children, citing privacy concerns. "Certain things we want to keep to ourselves," Maureen said during the press conference.

Maureen worried that she would become less friendly overall due to their security concerns. She said that winning the jackpot is "scary and unknown". She has been dreading the press conference.

The winning ticket was played with numbers that the couple has been using for the past 30 years, although not regularly.

The couple does not have immediate plans for the money, other than a new car. "My truck is falling apart, so it's time to get a new vehicle," David said.

Marueen said she has plans to "help special people in [her] life", but the only immediate plan was to get a massage.

It takes 2 days for the Florida Lottery to wire transfer the money into the winners' bank account, but they do get the entire amount in one fell swoop.

There is still one unclaimed ticket from the record Powerball drawing — the one sold in Chino Hills, California. The Tennessee winning ticket was claimed by a couple two days after the drawing. (See Tennessee couple claims share of $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, Lottery Post, Jan. 15, 2016.)

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Comments

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

Thumbs UpWay to go. Does it really matter anymore, to claim via a trust in Florida when those knuckleheads are going to splash your name and pictures and the name of your trust all over the the world and parade you like cattle?. Kind of defeats the purpose!!!.

destinycreation

From a distance in the picture, this lady looks good to be 70 years old [He is 55] Wonder if they are married to each other, or related, or not ??

Florida is a Cougar StateLOL

Stack47

The second piece of the puzzle is in and while we're waiting for the third, we can sit back and read some negative criticism the LP members suffering from jackpot envy.

Lurking

Todd's avatarTodd

Quote: Originally posted by destinycreation on Feb 17, 2016

From a distance in the picture, this lady looks good to be 70 years old [He is 55] Wonder if they are married to each other, or related, or not ??

Florida is a Cougar StateLOL

Check the second word in the story.

HoLeeKau's avatarHoLeeKau

I don't get why they went public.  They obviously know the risks and are concerned about their security.  What in the world would make them wait this long to claim under a trust, then do the press conference?  Is this something Florida requires?

lejardin's avatarlejardin

Did they use the same lawyer from Tennessee?  Let's go public to control the interest lol. 

Why go to a claiming conference if you took the time to set up a trust?

Oh and let me be the first to admit to jackpot envy.

Saylorgirl's avatarSaylorgirl

Congratulations David and Maureen!!  May you enjoy your newfound wealth!

jacintasc

Quote: Originally posted by lejardin on Feb 17, 2016

Did they use the same lawyer from Tennessee?  Let's go public to control the interest lol. 

Why go to a claiming conference if you took the time to set up a trust?

Oh and let me be the first to admit to jackpot envy.

The press conference is optional.

But in Florida, they post the trustees of the trust no matter what. It is public record and open to public access, unfortunately.

Again, only the press conference part was optional.

lejardin's avatarlejardin

Quote: Originally posted by jacintasc on Feb 17, 2016

The press conference is optional.

But in Florida, they post the trustees of the trust no matter what. It is public record and open to public access, unfortunately.

Again, only the press conference part was optional.

Thank you for the info.  I was not aware the trustees are listed and all info has public access.  I still would never go to the press conference. 

Anyway good luck to the winners.  Hope they find security and some sort of privacy.

LottoLucy's avatarLottoLucy

Quote: Originally posted by mypiemaster on Feb 17, 2016

Thumbs UpWay to go. Does it really matter anymore, to claim via a trust in Florida when those knuckleheads are going to splash your name and pictures and the name of your trust all over the the world and parade you like cattle?. Kind of defeats the purpose!!!.

Even if a trust can't keep you anonymous there are other reasons to claim it that way.  It might be a prudent move for estate planning.

LottoLucy's avatarLottoLucy

Quote: Originally posted by HoLeeKau on Feb 17, 2016

I don't get why they went public.  They obviously know the risks and are concerned about their security.  What in the world would make them wait this long to claim under a trust, then do the press conference?  Is this something Florida requires?

I have read a lot of information from various lotteries on winning a large jackpot and one thing they all say, even when a press conference is optional, is to do the press conference.  Supposedly it will get it all over with and the press will leave you alone.  Now, I don't really believe that and think it is pretty self serving advice from the lottery but I imagine to some people it might make sense when presented like that.

TheMeatman2005's avatarTheMeatman2005

Quote: Originally posted by mypiemaster on Feb 17, 2016

Thumbs UpWay to go. Does it really matter anymore, to claim via a trust in Florida when those knuckleheads are going to splash your name and pictures and the name of your trust all over the the world and parade you like cattle?. Kind of defeats the purpose!!!.

Claiming via a trust or LLC is more for legal reasons.

If you are (G-D forbid) in an accident, the other person can sue you for every penny you have. If you have an LLC it is an entity on its own and protects your assets.

It takes a few weeks to form a trust / LLC. 

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

Quote: Originally posted by LottoLucy on Feb 17, 2016

Even if a trust can't keep you anonymous there are other reasons to claim it that way.  It might be a prudent move for estate planning.

Sure I get that, but if you are willing to expose yourself to the masses, why wait all this time to form a trust, why not just claim the next day, like the country-boy lawyer and his clients who went on national TV and then form a trust?.

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

Quote: Originally posted by TheMeatman2005 on Feb 17, 2016

Claiming via a trust or LLC is more for legal reasons.

If you are (G-D forbid) in an accident, the other person can sue you for every penny you have. If you have an LLC it is an entity on its own and protects your assets.

It takes a few weeks to form a trust / LLC. 

I get all that. But the article clearly stated, "Their biggest concern is security, now that their identities are revealed". Apparently they did not want their identities revealed, but rules are rules. So Florida lottery decided to screw them just for cheap publicity, like they really need it. SMH.

Seattlejohn

Jeebus... more lottery winners making bad decisions.  These guys aren't as bad as the 1st announced winners who did the press conference based on the advice of their 2 bit, 3rd rate ambulance chasing lawyer in a cheap suit... but they're not far behind.

Dear lottery winners: the big advantage of claiming the money in a trust (I'm assuming it's a blind trust) is to avoid publicity.  If you were planning to reveal your identities, you shouldn't have bothered to put it in a trust in the first place.  Because of your decision, you'll now start receiving phone calls, texts, letters & e-mails from thousands of people, asking for money.  People will be following you around, writing down your schedule & places you frequent.  Strangers will stop you on the street to ask for money... or even come to your home to do so.  It's possible your home will be burglarized, your car & mail stolen as well.  You're about to be hounded by every salesman of high net worth items (cars, planes, boats, real estate); expect high pressure tactics from non-profits & charities as well.  Every grifter, thief, flim flam man, scam artist & criminal now knows who you are, what you look like & where you live.  Your family, friends & neighbors will probably ask for money, and/or will change the way they think about you & how they treat you.  In short, you should never have agreed to the publicity and the press conference.  I wish you well, 'cause, sadly, I have a feeling you're going to need it...

sweetie7398's avatarsweetie7398

Congratulations!

ressuccess's avatarressuccess

Way to go. I knew they took the cash value option.

kandi49's avatarkandi49

Cheers to these 2 they did not give up nor give in and end the end the win now that what i call marriage congrats. one thing i will said give to a needy church i know god will be please with that cause i say one i will be in you'll shoes . just got to wait shine on u guys and to the wife i would to know how u keep your self so young looking wowWink

jacintasc

Quote: Originally posted by Seattlejohn on Feb 17, 2016

Jeebus... more lottery winners making bad decisions.  These guys aren't as bad as the 1st announced winners who did the press conference based on the advice of their 2 bit, 3rd rate ambulance chasing lawyer in a cheap suit... but they're not far behind.

Dear lottery winners: the big advantage of claiming the money in a trust (I'm assuming it's a blind trust) is to avoid publicity.  If you were planning to reveal your identities, you shouldn't have bothered to put it in a trust in the first place.  Because of your decision, you'll now start receiving phone calls, texts, letters & e-mails from thousands of people, asking for money.  People will be following you around, writing down your schedule & places you frequent.  Strangers will stop you on the street to ask for money... or even come to your home to do so.  It's possible your home will be burglarized, your car & mail stolen as well.  You're about to be hounded by every salesman of high net worth items (cars, planes, boats, real estate); expect high pressure tactics from non-profits & charities as well.  Every grifter, thief, flim flam man, scam artist & criminal now knows who you are, what you look like & where you live.  Your family, friends & neighbors will probably ask for money, and/or will change the way they think about you & how they treat you.  In short, you should never have agreed to the publicity and the press conference.  I wish you well, 'cause, sadly, I have a feeling you're going to need it...

I'm sorry, but you are partially incorrect.

Florida is a Public access for information State Law state which applies to everything you can imagine. 

There is no way to hide this in Florida. 

The only part that I guess they did "wrong" was do a press conference, which is not part of State Law.

The Florida Lottery arranged the press conference, all the winners had to do was say "no".

cbr$'s avatarcbr$

Congratulation to this Florida couple on their Power Ball Jackpot win. If this couple are out going people . They now have to be careful about other people they socialize with. This lady looks great for 70 years old.

Dd2160's avatarDd2160

Sweet Jesus must be nice.. Congrats on to them!!

TheGameGrl's avatarTheGameGrl

One can hold their breath for only so long, this concept that anonimity equates to safety and security is silly. People are at risk everyday. 

At some point the truth comes out, best to build your portfolio and secure the home ( which they did) . A trust is the way to go to keep the funds in the family. Congrats and may this opportunity fulfill their community outreach programs.

xstreamgaming15's avatarxstreamgaming15

Congrats to the Florida couple on winning part of the 1.6 billion Powerball. They should not be naive about their good fortune since winning the lottery has had its share of good and bad windfall. Now that their names are public the husband should grow a beard the wife dye her hair, change they're names and move out.

VenomV12

Hold the check over your face, give yourself a fighting chance. LOL

Maybe they took so long to come forward because she was recovering from her Dolly Parton level of plastic surgery. LOL

Seattlejohn

Quote: Originally posted by jacintasc on Feb 17, 2016

I'm sorry, but you are partially incorrect.

Florida is a Public access for information State Law state which applies to everything you can imagine. 

There is no way to hide this in Florida. 

The only part that I guess they did "wrong" was do a press conference, which is not part of State Law.

The Florida Lottery arranged the press conference, all the winners had to do was say "no".

I stand corrected.  As I understand it, how it works is the bare bones minimum the lottery commission is required by law to do is have available the winners name & city for anyone who requests it.  That's it.  These people chose to court publicity & do the press conference... thus ensuring anything bad that could happen to them has a much better chance of happening to them.  Sad.  Well, in the positive, at least they're not using it to bail out a drug selling relative/friend for the 4th time... as far as we know...  :)

OneTrickpony's avatarOneTrickpony

Firstly, congratulations to the winners!

Secondly, these people look a little spooked about revealing their identities.  I don't know why there cannot be an anonymous way to collect your winnings in EVERY State.  As long as your win is confirmed by three separate lottery officials (or whomever) and an independent auditor, you shouldn't have to reveal your identity.  I understand the lottery wanting to promote their "transparency" and the lottery itself, but c'mon...at the possible risk of the winner(s) life?  South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, North Dakota, Ohio and Kansas don't have a problem selling tickets and they allow anonymity for winners, so you know it can be done.

edmunddantes13

No. Bare minimum varies depending on the state. So stop acting all tough and knowledgeable about how they were idiots when you don't even understand the basics of what you say they screwed up.

edmunddantes13

There can't be anonymous ways to claim winnings due to the past corruption in lotteries. 

Even with non-anonymous there still is some corruption, but it is at least a little easier to ferret out.

 

Classic - Hot Lotto is most recent example.

McDonald's Monopoly, at one point, was another where all the big winners were friend's or relatives of people involved with the game.

Plus if you go back even further, there are tons of stories.

 

Edit - not lots... stay away from hyperbole... it's bad for you

dallascowboyfan's avatardallascowboyfan

Hurray!Congratulations Thumbs Up

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats David and Maureen.  Party

tnlottodreamer's avatartnlottodreamer

Whoa she looks good to be 70 years old. Congrats to the couple!!!!

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Hopefully they have more sense that the Tennessee couple.  She looks great for 70.

Tony Numbers's avatarTony Numbers

Why does every lottery winner say they are going to give a cut of their winnings to charity? It's ad if they are now obligated to give due to their good fortune. Do a little checking and you'll find that a very small percentage of the money actually goes to the intended cause. That's why the charities are not called "Paint the CEO's house," or "Buy the CEO a new mercedes."

Candy-Lane's avatarCandy-Lane

Smile Congrats  Maureen  and David! Smile

noise-gate

Congratulations to the happy couple. Maureen looks pretty good for 70. Probably a dancer in her youth,  110 lbs soaking wet & a multi millionaire to boot.Smile You go girl. 

sookie's avatarsookie

Congrats to them!

ohiopick3's avatarohiopick3

Makes you wonder. The Tennessee people claimed they only bought "4" tickets.

In this thread they say:

"Keeping the secret was not easy. The first day after the win David arrived late for work, prompting employees to ask him if he was the winner. He told them he didn't purchase a ticket. (He didn't lie, because Maureen was the one who bought it.)"

Is the "it" being only one ticket they purchased?

The rest of us must be crazy buying more than 4 tickets then? If that's all it takes to get extremely lucky?

If nobody hits in the next 8 draws we are back to the 1 billion plus JP?

Only in the USA   US Flag

RedStang's avatarRedStang

That was nice of him to bring his mom.

savagegoose's avatarsavagegoose

he works for northrop gruman and has been improving their security! I bet he has some pretty swish security installed now.

JezzVim

WoW!!!   You guys are mean here!!    They are a MARRIED couple!   

I wish them well and hope the money brings them much joy.

I see that they set up a trust, wise.

music*'s avatarmusic*

 I thought they would be buying professional advice. Such as, They did not have to do a press conference.     Gloria MacKenzie, the $599.5 million winner from Zephyr Hills, Florida did not do a press conference. But the press was alerted to her presence in the building.

 Winning a major jackpot would make me nervous. It is a big change from everyday life. 

God bless the both of them, their family, and their friends.

 

Lep

Bleudog101

Quote: Originally posted by RedStang on Feb 18, 2016

That was nice of him to bring his mom.

Thanks for the laugh to warm me up after walking 2.7 miles with the pooch in cold azz Kentucky.

jacintasc

Quote: Originally posted by music* on Feb 18, 2016

 I thought they would be buying professional advice. Such as, They did not have to do a press conference.     Gloria MacKenzie, the $599.5 million winner from Zephyr Hills, Florida did not do a press conference. But the press was alerted to her presence in the building.

 Winning a major jackpot would make me nervous. It is a big change from everyday life. 

God bless the both of them, their family, and their friends.

 

Lep

What Florida Lottery did to Gloria was very wrong. 

Gloria just showed up by surprise. She declined press.

However, the Florida Lotto called the press and probably stalled Gloria for a while.

And now they have footage of her running to her car trying to get away.

LOTTOKING2016

So a self pick winning amazing

Tony Numbers's avatarTony Numbers

Quote: Originally posted by RedStang on Feb 18, 2016

That was nice of him to bring his mom.

Be careful or the dark Knight (bottle washer) hell come after you.

Groppo's avatarGroppo

Quote: Originally posted by mypiemaster on Feb 17, 2016

Thumbs UpWay to go. Does it really matter anymore, to claim via a trust in Florida when those knuckleheads are going to splash your name and pictures and the name of your trust all over the the world and parade you like cattle?. Kind of defeats the purpose!!!.

Yeah, like on that show Rawhide, with Rowdy Bates.
"Ride 'em in, move 'em out Raw H - i - d e !   Yeah  !  "

And yes, kind of defeats the purpose.  But, not really. In this case, you collect, and move out of that area.  Like cattle, or something.

Groppo's avatarGroppo

Quote: Originally posted by LOTTOKING2016 on Feb 18, 2016

So a self pick winning amazing

Please know that most of the numbers I play are self pick.
I must say, though, that even though every drawing makes me feel like a "not a winner", I feel I have
done the right thing because I've checked my numbers for previous lotto wins, which has never happened.

I sure hope it happens. Just prize #2, not the jackpot.

Groppo's avatarGroppo

Quote: Originally posted by cbr$ on Feb 17, 2016

Congratulation to this Florida couple on their Power Ball Jackpot win. If this couple are out going people . They now have to be careful about other people they socialize with. This lady looks great for 70 years old.

Yes, she looks amazing for 70.  I guess a lot of those Florida women look good.

Now, even though I'm a man, I would not want to be photo'd for the world to see.
I'm not in shape or anything.  Even the old guy, in Massachusetts looks better than I do.

So, what I have to do is start exercising, and stuff like that.

 

(groppo? you? exercise? that'll be the day)

Bleudog101

Quote: Originally posted by LOTTOKING2016 on Feb 18, 2016

So a self pick winning amazing

Wasn't a quick pick, said she played the numbers for some time.

Groppo's avatarGroppo

Quote: Originally posted by Bleudog101 on Feb 18, 2016

Wasn't a quick pick, said she played the numbers for some time.

Yes, it's what I've been suggesting for a while.
Though my own pet numbers are not spaced out widely enough, I don't think.
But hey, any 5 + 1 combination can be the winner, right?

KY Floyd's avatarKY Floyd

Quote: Originally posted by music* on Feb 18, 2016

 I thought they would be buying professional advice. Such as, They did not have to do a press conference.     Gloria MacKenzie, the $599.5 million winner from Zephyr Hills, Florida did not do a press conference. But the press was alerted to her presence in the building.

 Winning a major jackpot would make me nervous. It is a big change from everyday life. 

God bless the both of them, their family, and their friends.

 

Lep

"But the press was alerted to her presence in the building."

Maybe that's exactly why they decided to do a press conference. If you get ambushed on your way out the door you get your picture in the news, and you look a bit like a criminal defendant walking out of the police station/jail/the courthouse. With the press conference you've at least got a bit of control and get to say what you want to say.

music*'s avatarmusic*

Quote: Originally posted by KY Floyd on Feb 18, 2016

"But the press was alerted to her presence in the building."

Maybe that's exactly why they decided to do a press conference. If you get ambushed on your way out the door you get your picture in the news, and you look a bit like a criminal defendant walking out of the police station/jail/the courthouse. With the press conference you've at least got a bit of control and get to say what you want to say.

 It is called a Perp walk with handcuffs on. 

 I will definitely mention Todd Northrop and Lottery Post plus USAMEGA. Then give the world my handle, music*.

 Do not forget all the photos of you. International crime syndicates will put you on their list. 

 It is not the hood rats you need to worry about it is the suit and tie criminals. They will try to get your signature on financial papers.

 If you win the record breaker jackpot then your name and photo will be brought back up every time the jackpot reaches record levels in the future for your lifetime and beyond.

 I will hire professionals to help me decide on the different paths that I will take. I will have enough $$$ to pay those pros. Instead of contributing to the building fund of casinos. Or bars. 

 

Lurking

Todd's avatarTodd

I have updated the news story with complete raw footage of the press conference.

zephbe's avatarzephbe

Congrats to the winners. Enjoy Smile

lejardin's avatarlejardin

Quote: Originally posted by Todd on Feb 18, 2016

I have updated the news story with complete raw footage of the press conference.

Thanks Todd.  Nice video and the winners seem very nice and down to earth.   Two days for the money to get into their account, I would be like that young man that won the lottery years ago, calling the bank over and over to hear the balance!

MsLottery's avatarMsLottery

She looks great for 70 years. Wink I wish them the best. Cheers Now we just have to wait for the California winner(s) to come forward.Hiding Behind Computer

bobby623's avatarbobby623

Lottery gamblers expecting to win a significant prize should investigate and know what to expect should they actually win in the state where they play.
If you win in Florida the rules are clear - your identity will be released to the public.
Folks who can't handle that shouldn't buy lottery tickets.
Face it - a billion dollar lottery jackpot is NEWS.
Every news outlet worth its charter is going to take advantage of the law.
Every editor has a duty to gather the facts and present them to their subscribers.
If Floridians don't like the law they should elect folks who will change it.
Good luck with that!
One thing a big winner can do is grant a private interview with a leading news organization.
This might deter some of the reporters, but, maybe not.
The Florida law doesn't require a winner to participate in a question and answer contest with the media.
I play in Texas. I know my name will become public when I win.
I plan to grant a private interview with a local reporter.
After that, well that's for me to know!
Good luck!

myturn's avatarmyturn

Can Lottery winners remain anonymous?

No. Florida Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide the winner's name, city of residence, game won, date won and amount won to any third party who requests the information; however Florida Lottery winners' home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential.

 

Florida Lottery FAQs

 

 

 

Albeone

"I play in Texas. I know my name will become public when I win."

I believe there are several instances where Lottery winners in Texas were able to remain anonymous by claiming their winnings through a trust.

Suzy-Dittlenose

Quote: Originally posted by MsLottery on Feb 18, 2016

She looks great for 70 years. Wink I wish them the best. Cheers Now we just have to wait for the California winner(s) to come forward.Hiding Behind Computer

The CA winner has 12 months from the date of the draw to come forward; then two months to decide on lump sum or yearly installments once the ticket has been validated.  Hopefully this CA winner will have better results than the TN or FL winners when it comes to the media.

majestic1070's avatarmajestic1070

Atleast they waited a month and got financial advice but I probably would have waited longer. I think the press would have been less interested in old news.

jjtheprince

I wonder if anyone could ever successfully file an age discrimination lawsuit against the lottery?  Hardly anyone under 50 wins.  Why is that?

savagegoose's avatarsavagegoose

Quote: Originally posted by jjtheprince on Feb 19, 2016

I wonder if anyone could ever successfully file an age discrimination lawsuit against the lottery?  Hardly anyone under 50 wins.  Why is that?

oldies have all the min wage jobs now.

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

Quote: Originally posted by jjtheprince on Feb 19, 2016

I wonder if anyone could ever successfully file an age discrimination lawsuit against the lottery?  Hardly anyone under 50 wins.  Why is that?

Only one way to find out. Sue them and then tell us how you wasted your time and money.

canyon

I don't know what's going on with these lawyers lately but I know from most previous large jackpot winners it was recommended to claim thru a trust and not to go public!  That's regardless if the public gets your trust info or not; they won't have your picture!  That is critical for security!  See the Georgia lottery winner that was killed about 1-2 months ago!  If people don't know what to do, you may want to check out thelotterylawyer.com  I don't know if this is the best person or not but he does mention things I think are common sense or at least good ideas to consider!

joshuacloak's avatarjoshuacloak

Quote: Originally posted by Todd on Feb 18, 2016

I have updated the news story with complete raw footage of the press conference.

Thanks, Todd.

These winners appear very nice and bright.

Good for them.

music*'s avatarmusic*

Quote: Originally posted by joshuacloak on Feb 19, 2016

Thanks, Todd.

These winners appear very nice and bright.

Good for them.

 I second the thanks to Todd.

 These winners are retirement age. So this planning comes naturally. They took their time. Watched the local news and saw a local house surrounded by the media and public. They kept it secret.

 

Noel

OneTrickpony's avatarOneTrickpony

I think the only state that allows you to remain anonymous AND does not tax your winnings is Delaware.  Lucky ducks.

Albeone

Delaware only withholds the required 25% for Federal tax. You pay the Delaware state income taxes on your winnings when you file an income tax return the following year.

For the states that do not tax lottery winnings, I believe only Texas and New Hampshire have allowed winners to claim anonymously through a trust.

Saylorgirl's avatarSaylorgirl

Quote: Originally posted by jjtheprince on Feb 19, 2016

I wonder if anyone could ever successfully file an age discrimination lawsuit against the lottery?  Hardly anyone under 50 wins.  Why is that?

Did you forget Marie Holmes and Hot Sauce so quickly?  She is only 27!

haymaker's avatarhaymaker

Quote: Originally posted by Albeone on Feb 19, 2016

Delaware only withholds the required 25% for Federal tax. You pay the Delaware state income taxes on your winnings when you file an income tax return the following year.

For the states that do not tax lottery winnings, I believe only Texas and New Hampshire have allowed winners to claim anonymously through a trust.

Do you happen to know what Delaware's rate is or how they tax you if you're out of state ?

Albeone

Quote: Originally posted by haymaker on Feb 19, 2016

Do you happen to know what Delaware's rate is or how they tax you if you're out of state ?

For income over $60,000 it's 6.6%. Non-residents are taxed only on their Delaware sourced income, including winnings from the Delaware Lottery.

Dreaming Gemini

CONGRATS to the winners!   That's awesome that the ticket was a self pick of numbers she has been playing on and off for 30 years.   Reminds me of some loser player I know... cough cough.   No way would I be doing a press conference if I did not have to. 

And yes, she does look great for 70.   I bet she was a knock out in her mid thirties back in 1980.   Maybe it was him robbing the cradle at the time.

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Hit With Stick

The smart people claim the jackpot and THEN put their money in a Trust of Family LLC!

That way your info is not revealed!

ieatdirt

Quote: Originally posted by OneTrickpony on Feb 19, 2016

I think the only state that allows you to remain anonymous AND does not tax your winnings is Delaware.  Lucky ducks.

Wyoming

DELotteryPlyr

Quote: Originally posted by Tony Numbers on Feb 17, 2016

Why does every lottery winner say they are going to give a cut of their winnings to charity? It's ad if they are now obligated to give due to their good fortune. Do a little checking and you'll find that a very small percentage of the money actually goes to the intended cause. That's why the charities are not called "Paint the CEO's house," or "Buy the CEO a new mercedes."

Well said!! I Agree!

I never understand why those who run and operate your average charity are also HIGHLY paid? 

Google WORST CHARITIES and look at how many give nothing to the charity.  Recently Wounded Warriors was in the news, their staff was blowing in the CEO for the waste of money on events for the employees. 

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Quote: Originally posted by ieatdirt on Feb 20, 2016

Wyoming

Delaware changed the law in 2009 and does NOW tax lottery winnings.  One can still remain anonymous though.

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 When I win then I will just say,"Family" about who will receive my generosity. That is exactly what Julie Leach did recently in her press conference. Julie Leach $140,000,000.00 Michigan Power Ball winner. She is in LP's search box.

 Party

MaximumMillions

Quote: Originally posted by music* on Feb 21, 2016

 When I win then I will just say,"Family" about who will receive my generosity. That is exactly what Julie Leach did recently in her press conference. Julie Leach $140,000,000.00 Michigan Power Ball winner. She is in LP's search box.

 Party

And then you get "family" coming out of the wood until the end of time.

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Quote: Originally posted by MaximumMillions on Feb 21, 2016

And then you get "family" coming out of the wood until the end of time.

 Thank You MaximumMillions.  I will reconsider my options. Do not do the grip and grin photo. Do not do the press interview. But I will give the press a written statement detailing my LP membership and USAmega.

 Of course, when my "family" finds out then all hell will break loose. I plan on contacting them on Sunday before I claim. 

Good Luck to LP members and staff. Let us make another record breaking PB jackpot.

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