Rich Powerball Winners Might Be Hiding Real Winner

But their trust insists there's no anonymous partner

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 30, 2011 12:12 PM CST

(Newser) – Rumors are swirling that the three wealthy money managers who claimed Connecticut’s biggest Powerball jackpot ever may not have actually bought the ticket. A neighbor of one of the three tells the New York Times that the trio claimed the money on behalf of another person. Tom Gladstone, a friend of co-winner Brandon Lacoff, told several media outlets the same story. The trust, he told the Daily Mail was set up so “that the real winner wouldn’t get hassled."

The Putnam Avenue Family Trust hired a PR firm to deal with the rumors yesterday, and that firm told the Times in no uncertain terms that “There are a total of three trustees and there is no anonymous fourth participant.” But that didn’t stop Daily Intel from speculating as to who the third participant could be. They suspect it’s either a Thomas Pynchon-style recluse, or a stat whiz who hacked the lotto. Their last theory? “Barack Obama. This is his plan to solve the debt crisis.”

Wealth managers Tim Davidson, second left, Greg Skidmore, center, and Brandon Lacoff, second right, pose Monday, Nov. 28. 2011 with a ceremonial check after claiming a $254 million Powerball jackpot.
Wealth managers Tim Davidson, second left, Greg Skidmore, center, and Brandon Lacoff, second right, pose Monday, Nov. 28. 2011 with a ceremonial check after claiming a $254 million Powerball jackpot.   (AP Photo/Connecticut Lottery, HO)
From left, Tim Davidson, Brandon Lacoff and Greg Skidmore, three asset managers from Greenwich, Conn., claim a $254 million Powerball prize, Nov. 28, 2011, at Connecticut Lottery headquarters.
From left, Tim Davidson, Brandon Lacoff and Greg Skidmore, three asset managers from Greenwich, Conn., claim a $254 million Powerball prize, Nov. 28, 2011, at Connecticut Lottery headquarters.   (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
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