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NH family claims $487 million Powerball jackpot, wants 'to do great things'

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CONCORD, N.H. — Lawyers for a New Hampshire family claimed a $487 million Powerball jackpot on their behalf Monday, saying the winners wished to remain anonymous but would do "great things" with their newfound wealth.

Attorneys for the family's new trust claimed the prize at a news conference after weeks of suspense about the identity of the winner of the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot. The winning ticket for the July 30 drawing was sold at a Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, a town of about 10,000 residents.

Lottery officials announced Monday that the family is local to New Hampshire and wished to keep their identities a secret. Officials offered no other details on them.

The final payout after taxes is $256 million, and the money will be placed in a trust. Attorneys for the family announced $100,000 in donations to charity Monday and said the family plans to donate more. They were not specific about how much money would go to charity or whether all the donations would be announced publicly.

"There couldn't have been two better people or a better family to win this money," attorney William Shaheen said. "They're going to do great things with it."

Shaheen said the family has been carefully deliberating how to use the money.

Whether a lottery winner can remain anonymous depends on where they live. Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina allow winners to remain anonymous. In 2014, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the state from disclosing lottery winners' names without consent.

But New Hampshire, like a handful of other states, lets winners claim the prize through trusts. By disclosing the name of the trust only, they can shield their identities. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Colorado also allow this.

The New Hampshire family's $100,000 donation matched a donation made by Hannaford. The store donated its $75,000 commission for selling the ticket, plus an additional $25,000.

The $100,000 from the lottery winners will go to End 68 Hours of Hunger, four food pantries in Raymond, Epping and Deerfield, and the Raymond Coalition for Youth, an organization that works with the police department and focuses on youth substance abuse prevention.

Representatives from the organizations praised the anonymous family for their donations.

"They're so community minded," said Celeste Clark of the Raymond Coalition for Youth. "That's just wonderful."

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Posted: September 12, 2016, 3:28 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to this family. I'm happy they took their time claiming the winnings the right way. Good luck to them.

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    Type I wish them well and hope they make every cent count

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      Posted: September 12, 2016, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats on the win.

      Sounds like they have their heads on straight and plan to do a lot of good with the money.

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        Posted: September 12, 2016, 5:48 pm - IP Logged

        Good for them.   some of the lottery winners actually doing their homework and looking to see what they're going to do which is a good thing. 

         

         

        Some of the lottery winners are dumb.

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           Just imagine what you could do with $256 million dollars. Family comes first. Then investments. Then Charity will be supported by the earnings from the investments. Conserve the principal. 

           Brad Duke helped his family before he invested his principal. 

           I understand that some lottery players are not close to their family. You can follow Warren Buffet's rules.

          1. Do not lose the money.
          2. Remember rule #1.   

           I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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            Congratulations to the NH Family also THANK YOU for wanting to do GREAT things! Hurray!  Party

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              Posted: September 12, 2016, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

              Whether a lottery winner can remain anonymous depends on where they live. Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina allow winners to remain anonymous.

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              No , Ohio does not let you remain anonymous

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                congrats to the family. I hope they really can do great things!

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                  Posted: September 12, 2016, 10:46 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats to them. Living in Maryland, its the same way I intend to handle me winning a jackpot one day.  I could care less for fame, notoriety, popularity, and the like. Family. Investments. Charity. Thats my agenda!

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                    Posted: September 12, 2016, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

                    Anybody know which states allow trusts?

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                      Anybody know which states allow trusts?

                      In the article it lists NH, MA, CT, VT, CO as states that allow anonymity through trusts. I have also seen news reports of winners from IN, TN, and TX claim the prize this way.

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                        In FL, I believe you can claim in a trust, but they still release your name and city.

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                          In FL, I believe you can claim in a trust, but they still release your name and city.

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                            Whether a lottery winner can remain anonymous depends on where they live. Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina allow winners to remain anonymous.

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                            No , Ohio does not let you remain anonymous

                            Ohio allows lottery winners to remain anonymous if you form a trust to claim the prize.

                            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!