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Winner of $1.5B lottery jackpot donates some winnings to Alabama tornado victims

Mar 18, 2019, 10:11 am

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Updated with additional details about the anonymous winner

The winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history — $1.5 billion — is sharing some of her newfound wealth to help others in need.

The lucky South Carolina woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is donating to the Alabama Red Cross to aid tornado relief and several South Carolina charities.

She decided to donate because she claimed the money when a tornado struck Alabama in early March, her lawyer Jason Kurland said.

"It just felt like we were having this great event when there were people suffering nearby," Kurland said.

Kurland added the winner doesn't want to announce exactly how much she's donating to the charities.

"We spoke with the charities and agreed it would be best not to announce. We want to announce the charities to spread awareness," Kurland said.

The other organizations include the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, South Carolina; In The Middle, a charity that helps women with breast cancer; the City of Simpsonville Art Center; and the One SC Fund for Hurricane Florence relief.

"Words can't describe the feeling of such incredible luck," the winner said in a Thursday statement through her lawyer.

"I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart."

She did her research before claiming the prize

The anonymous winner is a South Carolinian who was visiting Greenville from out of town and chose to take a "scenic drive during some down time" when she passed the KC Mart in Simpsonville. She decided to purchase a ticket there after the sign advertising the huge jackpot "caught her eye," according to a press release from her attorney.

When she realized she was the winner the morning after the drawing, "complete shock and disbelief" set in and she jumped in joy, the release said.

Her prize, which she opted to take her winnings as a one-time payment of $877,784,124, was the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket in U.S. history.

After drawing the ticket in Simpsonville last October, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that the winner claimed her prize, sparking widespread speculation over why a winner hadn't come forward. According to the release, the anonymous woman was researching how to remain anonymous and manage her sudden influx of cash.

She has decided to keep her identity private for her safety, her lawyer said. South Carolina is one of few states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

The anonymous winner is being represented by New York attorney Jason Kurland, who specializes in lottery winning, according to his firm's website. Some of his other large-lottery winning clients include:

  • Putnam Avenue Family Trust, winner of a $254.2 million Connecticut Powerball lottery.
  • Rainbow Sherbert Trust, winner of a $336.4 million Rhode Island Powerball jackpot.
  • The Ning Trust, winner of a $121.6 million Powerball jackpot in Delaware two years ago.

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Releases like this one, from her attorney, sporadically and randomly timed... this should drive the "press" loco and encourage conspiracy theorists to weave a nice web.  I'm ordering extra popcorn and pretzels from the market so I can sit back and watch the fun.  :)

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    Releases like this one, from her attorney, sporadically and randomly timed... this should drive the "press" loco and encourage conspiracy theorists to weave a nice web.  I'm ordering extra popcorn and pretzels from the market so I can sit back and watch the fun.  :)

    Max- It could also be that our winner wants to get the word out there that she is " not a meanie" a hoarder of wealth.Nice touch. One past winner reminded us that he purchased a bicycle shop, because he loves cycling. 

    On a side note: l gazed into my palantir this morning & saw a winner of this week's Powerball jackpot. 

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

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      Austin
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      These agencies know the $$$ is coming! Hopes it gets allocated correctly. Would create my own charity

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        She definitely has a good heart.  She also knows another big tax bill is looming and by helping others through her unselfish donations, cuts her tax burden down too.  In any case, she laid low to get everything done right and has an excellent team to work with.

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          I can see her donating $200k per charity. That is a generous amount which can do some good. 

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            I can see her donating $200k per charity. That is a generous amount which can do some good. 

             $200K per charity is extremely conservative. There is no way she should run out of cash in her lifetime, no matter what age she is now. Sure, she can leave the lion’s share of her wealth to others: Children, cousins, friends, charities etc etc, but with the right investments- she will walk streets of gold, till casket or urn time. Should l pull this PB jackpot off, l see myself donating $50 mil easily- so should she MsB.Approve

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              I can affirm that she definitely has a team giving her advice. Smooth Calculated response for media appeasement. A real mother theresa. 

              She is doing this for one reason only. Her choice was ...be taxed or give that taxed money to a cause. You can't keep it ..so what will it be. ? She chose to donate. Doesn't make her a better or worse human either way. She simply used common sense since the govt isn't helping communities. The govt no doubt likes that she funded a cause so they don't have to. A wall is so much more important ...

              Her money now...her choices. Meh.

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                hmmph .......

                its amazing how people feel about charities and how much the well heeled ought to contribute to any one of an infinite amount of charities,shelters and related causes 

                 

                if she wishes to be a Miss/Mrs/Ms Scrooge, it is her right and most folks ought to mind thar own bleeping business Roll Eyes

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                  It’s an opinion, you know what that is, don’t you? If you want to leave your wealth to feral cats, then that’s your opinion as well. Free speech DH.

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                    It’s an opinion, you know what that is, don’t you? If you want to leave your wealth to feral cats, then that’s your opinion as well. Free speech DH.

                    Further clarification: When l first arrived on this site back in 2012, you tried pulling rank on me. Just stop that BS, l have no time for it or you. Understood?

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                      These agencies know the $$$ is coming! Hopes it gets allocated correctly. Would create my own charity

                      I think creating your own charity is an admirable thing.  I used to think about starting my own charity as well. When I looked at what the time and especially the expenses were I decided I would rather donate money to a donor advised fund like the one at Fidelity Investments.  You still get the tax write off but someone else takes care of the day to day and most of your money goes towards the charities you pick.  I want to be generous AND foot loose and fancy free.  Lazy Lucy, that’s me!Wink

                      Lotto Lucy

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                        For Clarification about Charities and tax deductions. When a donor donates money to a Charity and takes the tax deduction, that reduces the tax bill by a certain percentage. That is the Government allowing the funding of Charities. Right? It is an incentive to be generous toward certain causes. 

                          501c3 comes to mind. That is the IRS code for authorized charities.

                        Dance

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                          For Clarification about Charities and tax deductions. When a donor donates money to a Charity and takes the tax deduction, that reduces the tax bill by a certain percentage. That is the Government allowing the funding of Charities. Right? It is an incentive to be generous toward certain causes. 

                            501c3 comes to mind. That is the IRS code for authorized charities.

                          Dance

                          You can take a deduction of up to 60% of your adjusted gross income for charitable cash contributions and 30% for appreciated securities.  That is a nice incentive.

                          Lotto Lucy

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                            Thank you LottoLucy for the advice.

                             

                            There is a website that you can check into charities and it tells you how much of your donations goes to the site vs. Administrative costs.

                            One breast cancer charity who shall be nameless was paying their CEO $600K per annum.  It cost them dearly and rightfully so when this was outed.

                            My charities right now consist of four animals shelters, the Cleveland Clinic, and to an organization that helps impoverished families with medical bills from where I retired from.  When I win I will look up senior animal care centers too.