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Indiana winner of $435.3M Powerball wants to remain anonymous

The Indiana winner of a $435.3 million Powerball jackpot has chosen to remain anonymous after coming forward to claim the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. (March 13)

Sarah Taylor, right, executive director of Hoosier Lottery, said one Indiana Powerball ticket holder claimed the estimated $435.3 million Powerball jackpot as Bohemian Financial LLC, allowing the winner to remain anonymous. On Monday, March 13, 2017, Taylor presented a celebratory check of his winnings to Jennifer Dzwonar, the winner’s representative. The winner took the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million before taxes with a final payout of $189.1 million after taxes. (Photo: Matt Kryger, The Indianapolis Star)

INDIANAPOLIS — The winner of last month’s $435.3 million Powerball drawing will remain anonymous, a representative for the winner said.

Jennifer Dzwonar, a representative of the Powerball winner from Indianapolis public relations firm, Borshoff, said the winner wishes to remain anonymous, but confirmed he is a resident of the Lafayette, Ind., metropolitan area.

Indiana law allows jackpot prizes to be claimed by a limited liability corporation or legal trust, thus allowing winners to remain anonymous. The winner claimed the prize as Bohemian Financial LLC.

“We can tell you that he is a Purdue grad who works at a Lafayette manufacturing plant,” said Dzwonar. “This is a dream come true for the winner, and he wishes to thank the Hoosier Lottery and Powerball. He is also grateful to his wonderful family and the Greater Lafayette community.”

Dzwonar said those who know his identity are very few, but said he is a middle-aged man who has lived in the area for roughly 10 years and considers Lafayette home.

“The winner is very family oriented and close to his siblings and parents,” she said. “He plans to give some money to family to help family members pay for their education and maybe earn an advance degree himself. He anticipates making donations to charity, but he has made no decisions at this time.”

Dzwonar said spurred by the excitement of a large Powerball jackpot, the winner bought his ticket on the day of the drawing. The jackpot was the 10th largest in U.S. history.

“He occasionally bought a few tickets on his way to work, and on that day, he paid $10 for five quick picks at $2 each,” she said.

Early the next morning, after working his shift and going to the store, Dzwonar said the winner returned home to check the Powerball numbers on the Hoosier Lottery website. Noticing the jackpot was hit in Indiana, he went to his car to retrieve his tickets.

“He remembered the Powerball was 2 and he had hit 2 on one of the tickets,” Dzwonar said. “So he checked the numbers online, searched his ticket, stopped, reread the ticket several times and was stunned to realize he won.”

The winning numbers for the Feb. 22 drawing were 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. The ticket was sold at a family-owned Super-Test gas station in Lafayette. The store will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Sarah Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, said the winner, after deciding to take the lump sum of $263.5 million, will ultimately walk away with $189.1 million after federal and state taxes are withheld.

Dzwonar said for now, the winner has not decided whether he will keep his job or not.

“We know there are lots of rumors going around Lafayette,” she said. “He has thought about it a lot, and thought about that it is possible that his job could be used by someone else who maybe needs it more than he does at this point.”

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Jillian Ellison on Twitter: @JCellison_

Winner is a Lafayette, Ind., middle-aged man who graduated from Purdue University.

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How To Be An Anonymous Lottery Powerball Winner

A New Hampshire woman who won the $560 million Powerball jackpot on January 6 has filed a lawsuit to remain anonymous. Like New Hampshire, Indiana does not specifically allow official lottery winners to remain anonymous. However, a Hoosier Lottery winner can take steps to ensure anonymity by using one or more legal entities such as a limited liability company or a trust (or both) to claim a lottery prize. If properly structured, a legal representative of the entity can claim the prize on behalf of the entity itself and the actual winner can remain anonymous.

The New Hampshire case highlights an important aspect of the prize validation process—signing the winning ticket. Technically, a lottery ticket is a bearer instrument that may be claimed by anyone who possesses it. For this reason, most commentators advise that a winner sign and secure the ticket immediately. The New Hampshire winner admitted making a “huge mistake” in signing the winning ticket after later learning that officials would not allow her to “white out” her name and then replace it with the name of trust.

The lottery ticket validation process in Indiana is governed by Indiana statutory and administrative code provisions requiring that a ticket must not be “altered, torn, misprinted, illegible, defaced, or damaged in such a manner that validation is impossible.” However, Indiana does not specifically prohibit modification of a signature after the validation process has been completed by lottery officials. As a result, Hoosier Lottery officials may allow a winner to modify the signature portion of the ticket after the validation process is complete. Winners should not under any circumstances attempt to modify the ticket or the signature portion of the ticket prior to the validation process and without assistance of an attorney.

Winning a major lottery prize in Indiana can present complex legal, tax, accounting, and personal finance challenges. To ensure proper planning and preserve anonymity, lucky Hoosiers should immediately contact an experienced attorney to carefully plan each step of the Hoosier Lottery prize validation and claim process.

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