Winner Of $447 Million Powerball Jackpot Steps Forward — Sort Of
MENIFEE (CBSLA.com) — The winner of last month’s $447 million Powerball jackpot has finally come forward.
The jackpot was one of the biggest in lottery history. The ticket was sold in Menifee.
CBS 2’s Tina Patel found out details about the lucky winner Wednesday. She said the winner has made his presence known, but for now, keeping his identity under wraps.
When residents of Menifee found out the winning ticket was sold there, everyone had one question.
Was the winner single?
Jokes aside, the California Lottery Office isn’t saying much about Jeff Lindsay or his family.
Officials said he chose not to take a winner photo. They did say he originally bought some scratchers and with the money he won, he purchased 10 Powerball tickets for $20.
There is one Jeffrey Lindsay listed in Menifee but no one was home when Patel knocked on his door.
“It’s kind of been funny, because I haven’t seen him in a while. so I don’t know if it’s him or not him,” said neighbor Gary Entrekin.
Neighbors who know the Jeff who lives at that address has been a member of the community for years and owns a local business.
If he is the big winner, his neighbors said he is most deserving.
“They are just a very nice, down to Earth family,” said one woman.
“When my husband passed away, he was very good to my children,” said Alanna Noyes, “So I think he’s a really swell guy.”
Lindsay hasn’t returned to the store where the winning ticket was purchased — at least the owners of the store don’t think he’s been in.
And some Lottery players find it hard to believe the actual winner isn’t shouting from every roof top.
“I would not be quiet, I would be so loud, I’d be on TV saying hey everybody, I won,” said Shawn Bell.
But others get the point of being quiet and laying low.
“I would do the same thing. because you don’t want everyone ringing your doorbell a hundred times. Oh, no,” said Doug Woodley.
Lindsay did tell lottery officials that his family has met with financial and legal advisers.
He released a statement saying, “Once things calm down, we plan on working closely with our team of advisers 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.”When residents of Menifee found out the winning ticket was sold there, everyone had one question.
Jeff lindsay lottery winner
SACRAMENTO – The Powerball winner who purchased his lucky ticket in the tiny Riverside County city of Menifee has come forward to claim his $447.8 million prize – the 7 th -largest jackpot in Powerball game history and the 10 th -largest jackpot in U.S. history.
Jeff Lindsay and his family are California’s newest multi-millionaires. When asked how that felt, Jeff replied, “We are obviously thrilled with this tremendous stroke of good luck and are still getting our arms around what it means for us.”
“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.”
Lindsay stopped at Marietta Liquor & Deli 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 and won the entire jackpot.
Marietta Liquor & Deli, which is owned by the Alberre family and located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City, will receive a huge $1 million retailer bonus just for selling the winning ticket. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize.)
The Lindsays do not wish to speak with media about the win and declined to take a winner photo, but they did release the following statement:
“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.”SACRAMENTO – The Powerball winner who purchased his lucky ticket in the tiny Riverside County city of Menifee has come forward to claim his $447.8 million prize – the 7th-largest jackpot in Powerball game history and the 10th-largest jackpot in U.S. history. ]]>