'Darth Vader' collects $95 million Jamaican Lotto jackpot

Jul 22, 2020, 11:09 am (16 comments)

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The force was with this lucky winner

By Kate Northrop

Some people might use masks, others might wear dark sunglasses. While these sound like easy and viable go-to options for concealing one's identity, there's one winner who knows how to step up their anonymity game.

In a bid to hide his identity while collecting a $95 million (US$651,226) lottery jackpot for the July 5 Lotto draw, a Jamaican man suited up as Star Wars' Darth Vader, one of Sci-Fi's most iconic villains.

Only known as W. Brown, the winner's motivation for the dramatic, yet effective, attire was that he had not yet revealed his big win to anyone else. The anonymity also allowed him to claim the winnings while having the freedom to think through any major decisions regarding the prize money.

"I want to decide what is the best thing to do before spending anything," he said. "I need to decide what my goals are, but I know I want to own a bus." Brown also mentioned that he was interested in buying a house and investing some of the money.

Simone Clarke-Cooper, formerly the Assistant Vice President from Group Corporate Communications at Supreme Ventures Limited, said that the usage of creative disguises was a common way of dealing with a high crime rate in the country.

"Unfortunately, Jamaica is not like other markets," she explained. "In other markets, they don't necessarily [wear disguises], but here I think they opt to do it to keep themselves safe. We are not going to tell them not to do that because their safety is of paramount importance to us as well."

"People have been coming with their own disguises," Clarke-Cooper added. "They don't usually need our help, and they are usually very creative, perhaps beyond anything that we could think of or imagine, and it has been very effective over the years."

Brown bought the winning ticket earlier this month at Di Endz Sports Bar in May Pen, a city in southern Jamaica. He had originally considered the ticket a fluke since it was not purchased at the retailer where he routinely buys lottery tickets.

"I usually purchase my ticket in Old Harbour or Spanish Town, but I was on the road, so I just stopped there," he told officials at Supreme Ventures, the operator of the lottery in Jamaica.

Brown had apparently been playing the same numbers for 20 years, with a few adjustments here and there. He chooses his numbers based on "rakes," a Jamaican term for an omen, vision, or dream that foreshadows a future event.

Brown had always felt that he would win the lottery one day. That day had finally come when he discovered that his numbers matched while watching the live drawing on TV. Those lucky numbers are 8,9,10,19,27, 30 and bonus ball 17.

"Life has always been very rough. I come from a poor family," he said. "Sometimes I couldn't attend school because my parents didn't have [the means], but I told myself that God will help me one day so I can help my family."

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music*'s avatarmusic*

May the Force be with you.  Our fearless leader Todd Northrop is a Star Wars fan. I hope he comments on this story.

  The exchange rate between Jamaica and the US is remarkable. Chalk it up to inflation there.

  Remember the $425 million dollar winner here in California? He wore a shirt with a Star Wars quote. "Luck of the Jedi I have." He hid his face with the oversized check. B. Raymond Buxton.

  Cheers

DELotteryPlyr

WHOLY CRAP!!! Thats beyond a remarkable exchange rate.....

$95 million (US$651,226) Crazy Eek Scared

Raven62's avatarRaven62

Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

Ziopic$'s avatarZiopic$

Quote: Originally posted by hearsetrax on Jul 22, 2020

Perfecto!

noise-gate

Quote: Originally posted by DELotteryPlyr on Jul 22, 2020

WHOLY CRAP!!! Thats beyond a remarkable exchange rate.....

$95 million (US$651,226) Crazy Eek Scared

I Agree!...l thought it was a typo until l realized that the island is almost dependent on Tourism. No way they going to come up with a $95 mil US dollars lottery. Given the rate of exchange- Wanna bet Vader's outfit can't cost more than $5.00 and some change. If this person had won $95 mil, the only way to stay alive is to head for the US or some European country, remaining  in Jamaica is a death sentence.Disapprove

Kee12's avatarKee12

There has to be multimillionaires(In US Dollars) living safely in Jamaica, no way there is none. 

Weren't Abraham Shakespear and the other guy in Illinois(The Indian guy) Murdered in the US over their winning money?

 

No place is going to guarantee you safety from evil people; especially the ones closest to you. If you unnecessarily show off with your winnings in the US, or Jamaica, it is going to likely result in the same outcome.

maximumfun's avatarmaximumfun

Congrats!  650k+$US is still a nice haul.

noise-gate

Quote: Originally posted by Kee12 on Jul 22, 2020

There has to be multimillionaires(In US Dollars) living safely in Jamaica, no way there is none. 

Weren't Abraham Shakespear and the other guy in Illinois(The Indian guy) Murdered in the US over their winning money?

 

No place is going to guarantee you safety from evil people; especially the ones closest to you. If you unnecessarily show off with your winnings in the US, or Jamaica, it is going to likely result in the same outcome.

" There has to be multimillionaires(In US Dollars) living safely in Jamaica, no way there is none. "True...

But this Vader is Jamaican and he thinks its best to disguise himself. The question you need to ask Kee12, is WHY would Vader think it best to conceal his identity from his fellow countrymen? 

This Vader cannot do this against the Island criminal element.

darth vader GIF

Kee12's avatarKee12

Quote: Originally posted by noise-gate on Jul 23, 2020

" There has to be multimillionaires(In US Dollars) living safely in Jamaica, no way there is none. "True...

But this Vader is Jamaican and he thinks its best to disguise himself. The question you need to ask Kee12, is WHY would Vader think it best to conceal his identity from his fellow countrymen? 

This Vader cannot do this against the Island criminal element.

darth vader GIF

Simple answer...

Many lottery winners from all over the world(including the US and Europe) would want to do the same!

Because as soon as you win that much money, that sense of insecurity and fear of the unknown sets in, irrespective of where you are. Hence, the need to conceal your identity whenever possible!

This is the same reason lottery players and winners in the US want to be anonymous as well.

Todd's avatarTodd

Fun Darth Vader fact!  This was one of the first advertisements to ever appear on Lottery Post.

Anyone else remember Reel.com?  One of the first online stores selling DVDs.  They went out of business a long time ago.  (In a galaxy far, far away?)

noise-gate

Quote: Originally posted by Kee12 on Jul 23, 2020

Simple answer...

Many lottery winners from all over the world(including the US and Europe) would want to do the same!

Because as soon as you win that much money, that sense of insecurity and fear of the unknown sets in, irrespective of where you are. Hence, the need to conceal your identity whenever possible!

This is the same reason lottery players and winners in the US want to be anonymous as well.

Point Taken Kee12, but l am open to correction on this: l have yet to see a Jamaican lottery winner showing his or her face on tv or online. If memory serves me well, the last winner donned a " scream mask" at the interview. Going off that, it would appear that showing one's mug out there is " Risky Business." Just saying...

noise-gate

Quote: Originally posted by Todd on Jul 23, 2020

Fun Darth Vader fact!  This was one of the first advertisements to ever appear on Lottery Post.

Anyone else remember Reel.com?  One of the first online stores selling DVDs.  They went out of business a long time ago.  (In a galaxy far, far away?)

Wasn't around back then, but those Force Chocks are something else. Admiral Motti experienced it first hand & it probably sent a clear message clear across the galaxy.

wander73's avatarwander73

If I ever were to win a major lottery,  I would call my self I know nothing.   This is too funny,  but the person is smart about it.

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