NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Three Connecticut money managers awarded a $254 million Powerball jackpot say there’s no fourth participant despite a claim they’re covering for a winner who wants to stay anonymous.
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Gregg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson revealed themselves yesterday, claiming to be the winners at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters.
However, a British tabloid published a report that throws that story into doubt. The report cites a friend of one of Lacoff’s who claimed the three represent the actual winner, who hired them to remain anonymous.
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The trio are from the Greenwich area and took the after-tax lump sum of nearly $104 million in cash.
Davidson claimed to have bought the winning quick pick $254 million ticket at the Shippan Point Getty station on Nov. 2 in Stamford. It was the only ticket he bought.
The winning numbers were 12-14-34-39-46, Powerball 36.
When they showed up to claim their prize, they weren’t exactly exuberant. Skidmore was the only one who spoke, saying simply “It feels good.”
The three men work as asset managers at a small firm called Bell Asset Management.
Thomas Gladstone says he’s landlord for the men’s company. He said Tuesday that Lacoff told him they’re representing the winner, who wants to remain anonymous.
But a statement from the men’s trust says there are only three trustees and no anonymous fourth participant.
“They have said they are going to give it to charity but they are going to manage the money. They are going to make a donation but they keeping a large proportion of the money and they are going to manage it,” the Mail says Gladstone told them.
“The winner is a client of theirs and their clients are a mixture of larger and smaller investors.”
Ranjit Singh, manager of the Getty station where the winning ticket was sold, said he didn’t know the winners and doesn’t remember selling the winning ticket.
The jackpot was the 12th largest in Powerball history.
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