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Okla. Powerball $2 million winner claims prize

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Okla. winner of a $2 million Powerball prize has claimed their winnings. Choctaw resident Doyle Henson claimed the winning Powerball ticket from the Jan. 16 drawing at Lottery headquarters last Friday. Henson said he purchased the Powerball ticket for his birthday. He successfully matched five of five white balls, which is a […]

Lottery ticket worth $1M sold in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. – If you bought a lottery ticket in Tulsa, you could be $1 million richer. The Oklahoma Lottery is looking for the owner of a winning Powerball ticket from Saturday night’s drawing. Officials said the winning ticket was purchased at Food Pyramid at 3915 S. Peoria. The winning numbers for Saturday’s drawing are […]

$400 Powerball winner claims prize, stays anonymous

(CNN) – There is a man in South Carolina who has been keeping a big secret for the past five days. Well, he did tell his dog. And, we assume, his wife. He’s probably hoping his recent good fortune stays a secret, but this will be one mighty hard life-changing event to keep under wraps. South […]

Couple of Oklahomans thousands richer Thursday morning

OKLAHOMA CITY – A couple of Oklahomans are a few thousand dollars richer Thursday morning. Sadly the $400 million Powerball ticket wasn’t sold in Oklahoma for Wednesday’s drawing but winning thousands isn’t a bad consolation prize. Oklahoma Lottery officials confirmed at least two tickets were sold in our state worth $10,000. The winners matched four numbers […]

World waits for $400M Powerball jackpot winner to come forward

LEXINGTON, S.C. – All who played the lottery and even those who didn’t are waiting for the winner or winners of the $400 million Powerball jackpot to come forward. Lottery officials said only one jackpot winning ticket was sold and it came from Lexington, South Carolina. However, we may never know who purchased the winning […]

Got your ticket? $425M Powerball jackpot drawing hours away

OKLAHOMA CITY – Have you bought your ticket yet? If not, you might want to get your hands on one before the drawing Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot is up to $425 million. If a winning ticket is sold, this would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery prize on record. Lottery […]

Winning $2M Powerball lottery ticket sold in Ada

ADA, Okla. – Did you recently buy a Powerball ticket in Ada? You could be $2 million richer. The Oklahoma Lottery Commission said a ticket worth $2 million was sold at the D & W Quick Stop convenience store for Wednesday’s drawing. The winner has yet to come forward. The ticket matched the first five […]

One of three winning Powerball tickets will be split by 16 coworkers

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – A group of 16 New Jersey co-workers will share one-third of Wednesday’s $448 million Powerball jackpot. The Ocean County Vehicle services employees pooled their money to buy the winning ticket. On Thursday a Minnesota man stepped forth with one of the three winning tickets. The third was sold in Brunswick, New […]

Oklahoma lottery ticket worth $2 Million

It’s not $448 million, but someone in Oklahoma did win big in Wednesday night’s lottery. A ticket worth $2 million is floating around somewhere. It was sold at a Northwest Oklahoma City convenience store. Check your pockets and your purse for that ticket! Jamie, who shops at the store where the $2 million ticket was […]

Powerball up to $400M, next chance to win Wednesday

The Powerball jackpot is up to $400 million so far for this week’s drawing. According to the Oklahoma Lottery, the estimated cash value is just over $200 million. No one matched the winning numbers Saturday night; 1, 25, 44, 17 , 37 with a Powerball of 20. The next drawing is Wednesday at 9:59 p.m. […]

Trust claims $2 million prize for Ada Powerball winners

ADA, Okla.- Two weeks since lottery officials announced someone in Ada is $2 million richer, the winners finally came forward to claim the prize. Lottery officials announced that Powerball ticket worth $2 million was purchased at D & W Quick Stop in Ada on July 31. The winners successfully matched all five white balls but […]

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No, Jeffrey Epstein did not win $25-million from an Oklahoma lottery ticket… or did he?!

Over the weekend, some dude published a Medium article titled “Jeffrey Epstein won the Oklahoma Powerball lottery, July 2, 2008.” The article received a lot of shares and traction online, but eventually was removed for violating the Medium terms of service.

This isn’t the first time the accusation has made its way through the Internet conspiracy mill. In July, Bloomberg tried it’s best to refute the story:

Did Epstein win the Powerball lottery while he was in prison?

It’s not a completely crazy question. In August 2008, shortly after Epstein began his 13-month prison sentence in Florida, an entity called the Zorro Trust submitted the winning ticket for an $85 million jackpot. The ticket had been bought at a convenience store in Altus, Oklahoma. (The trust took the money as a lump sum, which came to $29.3 million after taxes.)

As it happens, Epstein had an entity called the Zorro Trust; he used it to make donations to politicians in New Mexico, where he had a ranch called — yep — the Zorro Ranch. (A federal prosecutor in New Mexico has begun an investigation into whether Epstein abused underage girls at his ranch.)

A few years ago, a lawyer representing some alleged victims took the prospect of Epstein winning the lottery seriously enough that he brought it up during a deposition with Epstein’s former pilot.

But the Oklahoma City newspaper, the Oklahoman, did a little more digging and discovered that the anonymous winner worked in a grocery store across the street from the convenience store where the winning ticket was sold. Apparently, she decided to use the same name for her trust as Epstein did for his.

Not everything’s a mystery. Sometimes, it’s just a coincidence.

Yep, there’s nothing to see here. The Oklahoman – a conservative newspaper that has always had a soft spot for global elites –learned that the anonymous lottery winner just happened to work in a grocery store across the street. Here’s a snippet from the article:

The winner is a woman who worked evenings at United Supermarket in Altus, the store’s meat department manager confirmed.

Larry Cox declined to provide his former co-worker’s name, saying the woman had requested anonymity.

“But if you had to pick someone in town to win it, she’d be in the one I’d pick,” Cox said.

“It was just meant to be, I guess,” he said.

The grocery store, at 600 E Broadway, is less than a block from the Stripe’s convenience store that sold the winning ticket.

Hmmn. So the source for the article was the manager of a grocery store meat department with the last name Cox? That seems reliable enough. As we all know, it’s virtually impossible for writers to make up sources, so I guess Bloomberg is right – sometimes, it’s just a coincidence.

For giggles, I decided to see what the reporter of the article – Tony Thornton – was up to. From his LinkedIn profile, I learned that just a few months after the lottery story was published in The Oklahoman, he accepted a job with a big energy company:

Devon Energy, as well all know, is an NYSE-traded energy company that uses massive loads of cash, debt and complex accounting methods to fund drilling operations all over the world. The company, which was co-founded by local oligarch Larry Nichols, has been a player in the global natural gas industry since the 1970s, around the same time another Oklahoma-born oligarch – Robert (Bob) Hefner III – became one of the world’s most successful natural gas drillers.

Why does that matter? Bob Hefner III’s name just so happens to appear in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book that was leaked online a few years ago:

This would also probably be a good time to point out that Bob Hefner III, Larry Nichols and The Oklahoman’s former owners – The Gaylord Family – all go way back. In fact, check out this 1989 Oklahoman article from the paper’s society pages. It documents the time Bob Hefner brought his wife Lorna to Oklahoma City to meet all his Nichols Hills buddies. Guess who was there?

Isn’t that nice? Polly Nichols is the wife of Devon Energy founder Larry Nichols, and Christy Everest, in case you forgot, would eventually become publisher of The Oklahoman! How interesting is it that Tony Thornton – the guy who reported that a sweet little grocery store employee won the lottery using a trust name that was frequently used Epstein – would eventually end up working for people who were closely associated with Bob Hefner, who, once again, had his name and phone number appear in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book? I’m sure it’s all just a coincidence.

Actually, I am pretty sure this is all a coincidence. The point of this article is to show how easy it is to take random information from the Internet and then piece it together to fit some sort of conspiratal narrative. Hopefully we get a lot of pageviews out of it before Devon’s lawyers ask us to take it down!

Anyway, if you have any inside information about who really won the lottery in 2008, or can uncover any connection between Zorro Trust and Zorro’s Tacos – an old southside taco stand that had the budget to buy ads in The Oklahoman – let us know in the comments:

No, Jeffrey Epstein did not win $25-million from an Oklahoma lottery ticket… or did he?! Over the weekend, some dude published a Medium article titled “Jeffrey Epstein won the Oklahoma Powerball