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Greenwich Men Who Won Powerball Covering for Real Winner?

Tom Gladstone, a family friend of lottery winner Brandon Lacoff, told the Daily Mail that Lacoff revealed during a conversation yesterday that the trio did not purchase the winning ticket, as reported, but are fronting for the winner.

In a bizarre turn of events, a friend of one of the three Greenwich men who on Nov. 2 and claimed their prize on Monday told the Daily Mail of London that the three are covering for the real winner, who does not want his or her identity revealed.

Tom Gladstone, a Greenwich resident and family friend of lottery winner Brandon Lacoff, told the Daily Mail of London that Lacoff revealed during a conversation yesterday that the trio did not purchase the ticket, but are fronting for the winner, who wishes to keep the press and others away. The news was also reported by the Greenwich Time.

Gladstone, who owns in Greenwich, however, reportedly declined to go into detail.

If what Gladstone is claiming is true it might explain why the three men put the money into a trust, as reported. It might also explain why the trio referred all questions to their lawyer during a press conference held at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill yesterday. It may also explain why there was a before the winners came forward to claim the prize money, which will be paid as a lump sum, after taxes and fees, of about $104 million.

As reported on Greenwich Patch yesterday, Greenwich residents Gregg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson, owners of asset management firm Belpointe LLC, stepped forward Monday to reveal themselves as the winners of the $254 million Powerball jackpot — the 12th largest in Powerball history — drawn on Nov. 2.

Should it turn out that the trio is fronting for the actual winner, it may constitute a violation of Lottery rules, the Daily Mail of London report states, which in turn could mean that the real winner will be required to forfeit the winnings.

Michael Hayes (Editor) November 29, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Oooh, this is getting good.
David Moran (Editor) November 29, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Agreed. This one should be interesting to watch unfold...
Ann Noyes November 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Well, I wondered about that myself since I am sitting here at my keyboard looking at the winning ticket I bought at a Bristol 7-11.
R Eleveld November 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Is it really anyone's business? If the party or parties with the winning ticket want privacy it may be because as many of us in the financial industry know, most lottery winners become technically bankrupt in very short order after winning. Money is a good thing, a LOT of money is a very bad things to the vast majority.
Sheryl November 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TV, but I would think that it is apparent that the winner gave the winning ticket to these three men. If THEY chose to set up a trust for someone else, what business is it of anyone else? CT Lottery has their winner(s), they have their interview, they have the publicity that they wanted. Let this issue be. The winning ticket was presented and paid on. End of story.
Perry Robbin December 01, 2011 at 10:09 AM
I have a set of instructions I plan on very seriously following if I ever win the lotto (yeah, right). Those instructions include these major points, among others: Don't tell anyone. Don't sign the ticket immediately. Act natural. Don't tell anyone. Make photocopies of the ticket. Rent a safe-deposit box. Open a blind trust to claim the prize anonymously. Contact a financial planner. And, don't tell anyone. I'm not saying this Powerball winner is doing exactly what I'd do, but some similarities are certainly there.

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