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California winner of $447 million Powerball lottery jackpot claims prize

Jul 20, 2017, 8:11 am

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The winner of the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history has finally come forward to claim their prize, more than a month after winning the $447.8 million Powerball lottery jackpot.

The winner, Jeff Lindsay, did not wish to speak with the media after claiming his prize Wednesday and declined to take a winner's photo. However, California state law requires the name of jackpot winners to be released.

Lindsay did say he was excited to have won the prize, which he opted to take as a lump sum payment of $279.1 million before taxes.

"We are obviously thrilled with this tremendous stroke of good luck and are still getting our arms around what it means for us," Lindsay said.

He also released a statement about what it means to win and how he plans on handling the money going forward.

"We are private people and do not want to change who we are or become public figures and ask that people appreciate and respect our privacy. In order to help manage what has already been a somewhat overwhelming process, we have engaged a number of financial, legal and other advisors to guide us and help us make the best decisions possible.

"Once things calm down, we plan on working closely with our team of advisors to determine how to properly manage and invest this newfound wealth to ensure that we can support our family and causes that are important to us for many generations to come."

Lindsay bought his winning ticket at the Marietta Liquor & Deli, located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City, CA. The retailer was awarded a $1 million prize for selling the ticket. 

Officials with the Lottery said Lindsay stopped at the store to buy some Scratchers tickets, then returned later to cash in one winner, and on a whim decided to purchase 10 Powerball tickets. The winning ticket, worth nearly half a billion dollars, actually sat on the kitchen counter until Lindsay heard that the winning jackpot ticket was purchased in Sun City.

The ticket was for the drawing held on June 10 and was the lone jackpot-winning ticket sold. The winning numbers for that drawing were 20, 26, 32, 38, and 58, with Powerball number 3.

"We congratulate Jeff and his family on their huge win," California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said. "This winner is informed and has already assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help him make the most of this newfound wealth and make it last for many generations. We also understand that they plan on giving back to causes important to them and that is good news for us all. The California Lottery's mission is to provide supplemental funding for public schools, and a portion of any Lottery tickets purchased goes towards that cause."

The $447 million jackpot was also the seventh largest in the history of Powerball. While it's not worth $447 million, the jackpot for the tonight's drawing on July 19 is worth an impressive $187 million.

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Congratulations to him. I'm happy he took the cash option or lump sum jackpot,

I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the PB to win the largest PB jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars! I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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    SmileThat has to be the most awesome feeling in the world. Congrats going out to him and his family!Party

    You can do anything if you put your mind into it. The sky is the limit! Cool

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      Dance

      Congrats to the winner!

      dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

       

      Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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        Thumbs UpI wish him and his family luck

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          Lindsay said everything l would.No picture, no talking to the media, just let us be-Thank You!

          Cheers

           * Voice of Reason *   

           

          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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            Lindsay said everything l would.No picture, no talking to the media, just let us be-Thank You!

            Cheers

            I Agree! with you noise-gate. I need to work on my written statement. I will include being a member of Lottery Post & USAMEGA.

             I will request minimal publicity also. The California Lottery has brightened my day when they have helped winners protect themselves and their family from the crazies and the press.

             The Lucky retailer gets one million dollars!  That is not the case in every State. 

             Here in California, the winner has to wait eight and a half weeks from the time of claiming to get the check.

             It appears that this winner has learned lessons from past winners. Copying the successful ones. 

            Disney

             "We are all in this together!" 

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              Fake winners I'm so glad I got out of the illusion smh!

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                i don't play this, only a few x if real high. or MM either, but wow i am happy. i would have spoke a tiny bit to a media reporter.

                Gives people alot of hope to see a #realwinner ya know. i am happy for her,but he didn't want 2 talk to press it say and i do ge

                such person waited months or a month. Making plans i guess. I am happy for those who win. Same as when i win alot at times wit'

                P3 P4 i am real happy,so i am VERY happy this person won alot of cash $$$Invest it wisely."Cheers

                13G's!+ total (2019)& P4 total >>> 22,000!(So Far in 2020!) Time 2 break the bank, baby...Banana

                 

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                  Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
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                  Fake winners I'm so glad I got out of the illusion smh!

                  I'm seeing the person name so i don't think the person fake. Congrats to the winner of PB.

                  13G's!+ total (2019)& P4 total >>> 22,000!(So Far in 2020!) Time 2 break the bank, baby...Banana

                   

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                    Ugh. You have to find, interview, and hire a team of advisers. Then you have to "work closely" with them. It sounds like another job.  I just want to be left alone, relaxing by my pool at my "compound." No interviews or photos for me, just a written statement that says:  Trespassers will be shot!  LOL

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                      I'm seeing the person name so i don't think the person fake. Congrats to the winner of PB.

                      I think he means us, Cassie. 

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                        Fake winners I'm so glad I got out of the illusion smh!

                        Internal connivance; possibly.  Syndicate collusion; has been known to happen.  Compadre intrigue; most certainly.  However, fake winners (as in names just made up) in state sponsored gaming; just ain't going to happen.

                          I'm feeling a $312,000,000.00 jackpot win coming my way!

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                          Internal connivance; possibly.  Syndicate collusion; has been known to happen.  Compadre intrigue; most certainly.  However, fake winners (as in names just made up) in state sponsored gaming; just ain't going to happen.

                          I Agree!

                          Really, I gotta wonder why someone would join a lottery forum and post stuff like that.

                          TROLL???

                          Troll

                          CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                          A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                            Ugh. You have to find, interview, and hire a team of advisers. Then you have to "work closely" with them. It sounds like another job.  I just want to be left alone, relaxing by my pool at my "compound." No interviews or photos for me, just a written statement that says:  Trespassers will be shot!  LOL

                             Your team of advisers will help protect your assets, insure you against liabilities, guide you as you invest, do your taxes, create a living revocable trust, and be the bad cop to your good cop routine.  Saying, "NO" to all those who will beg, plead, cry, scream until you give them some of your winnings.

                             All winners should expect to be hit up for loans, gifts, etc.  Family and friends will be the worst. Keep it all at a business level. 

                             You are now the Dictator of your game and everyone else must play by your rules. 

                            Cool

                             "We are all in this together!"