The winning numbers triple-checked and the lottery ticket signed, the New Hampshire woman knew her life was about to change in a positive way — except for one petrifying thing.
As the winner of last month’s $560 million Powerball lottery, she would soon be the world’s newest owner of a nine-digit bank account.
But because of lottery rules, everyone in the world would know about it — neighbors, old high school friends, con artists, criminals.
Now the woman is asking a judge to let her keep the cash — and remain anonymous.
The case will be heard in a New Hampshire court on Tuesday, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Every day it remains unresolved, the lottery winner loses about $14,000 in interest. The total amount lost since the winning numbers were picked on Jan. 6 is quickly approaching the half-million-dollar mark.
In court documents obtained by NewHampshire.com, the plaintiff is fittingly identified only as Jane Doe.
“She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” the woman’s attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in court documents. “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.”
On one side of the case are lottery officials who say the integrity of the games depends on the public identification of winners as a protection against fraud and malfeasance. A local woman holding up a giant check while cameras flash and reporters scrawl also happens to be a powerful marketing tool.
On the other side is a woman suddenly faced with a life-changing stroke of luck who, court documents say, wishes to live “far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners.”
The law doesn’t appear to be on her side.
New Hampshire lottery rules require the winner’s name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws.
“Petitioner’s understandable yearning for normalcy after entering a lottery to win hundreds of millions of dollars is not a sufficient basis to shut the public out of the business of government,” Assistant Attorney General John Conforti wrote in court documents.
The state allows people to form an anonymous trust, NewHampshire.com reported, but it’s a moot point for the woman — she signed her name on the back of the ticket shortly after winning, and altering the signature would nullify the ticket.
In a statement, New Hampshire lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre said that the commission consulted with the state’s attorney general’s office and that the Powerball winner must abide by the disclosure laws “like any other.”
“The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence,” the statement said. “Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games. While we respect this player’s desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols.”
In court documents, the lottery winner asked a judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous. But lottery officials have argued that even if the cash goes into a trust, the ticket will have to be submitted in its original form — complete with the ticket buyer’s name and home town.
Other lottery winners have realized that every ticket buyer’s fantasy can quickly morph into a nightmare. There are myriad self-inflicted problems that can befall a person who suddenly comes into great wealth. One bought a water park, for example. Several others have gambled their winnings away, including a two-time lottery winner who ended up living in a trailer.
Billie Bob Harrell Jr., who won $31 million in 1997, told his financial adviser shortly before his suicide that “winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
And there are numerous examples of people who’ve tried to swindle lottery winners out of their newly acquired cash — or take the money by force.
In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr. matched all five numbers in the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing and won a $434,272 jackpot, The Washington Post’s Lindsey Bever reported.
Two months later, police said, Burch was killed in his home by seven masked men who kicked in his front door. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target.
“When they came in, he said: ‘Don’t do it, bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady,’ ” his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, told WALB-TV at the time. “He said, ‘I’ll give you my bank card.’ ”
Abraham Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery prize in 2006. Two years later, he was approached by Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him. She soon became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money, according to Fox News.
“She got every bit of his money,” Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said in closing arguments. “He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first.”
Remaining anonymous can alleviate some of those problems, according to Shaheen & Gordon, the law firm that is representing the New Hampshire Powerball winner. It offered advice in a blog post shortly after the winning ticket was announced — and before the winner was its client.
“Once you are outed, it can be overwhelming,” lawyer William Shaheen said in the post. “If you like your life and you like your friends, choose anonymity. If you don’t, things will change. People will look at you differently and treat you differently.”
The winner’s legal team expounded on that thought — in dire terms — in an analysis from an accountant.
“In my experience, the publication of these individuals’ identities often leads to disastrous outcomes, including theft, ransom and harassment,” wrote David Desmarais, a certified public accountant, in court documents obtained by the Union Leader newspaper.
“Many clients are forced to hire professional security teams to accompany their children on trips out of the country,” he added. “The dangers of having their identities publicized can force these high-wealth individuals to leave their communities permanently, change their identities, go into hiding and maintain around the clock security.”
Who said chivalry was dead?
Karsyn Long is such a fan of McDonald’s that her boyfriend, Kristian Helton, decided to propose with a ring in a box of chicken nuggets.
“She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement. I mean, it was just given,” Helton told news station WAND.
For a proposal fitting of his McDonald’s-obsessed sweetheart, Helton stuck the diamond ring in a chicken nugget and wrote “Will you McMarry me??” inside the box.She said yes — even though Helton is the first to admit she probably would choose McDonald’s over him.
McDonald’s has offered to cater the wedding.
h/t NY Post
Weddings. Want to know how the majority go? You spend 10s of thousands of dollars for a big extravagant night you don’t even remember in the whirlwind of fake congratulatory half-family and friends. Meh.I have a better idea for you. Taco Bell. Yes, Taco Bell. They are opening a chapel in its Las Vegas Strip Cantina location and has put together an entire wedding package couples can order right off the menu.
It includes a Taco Bell garter, bow tie, sauce packet wedding bouquet, “Just Married” T-shirts, Taco Bell Champagne flutes and a Cinnabon Delights wedding cake. Your first meal as newlyweds will be a Taco 12-Pack.
The wedding package costs $600 and includes a full ceremony and officiant.
The Taco Bell weddings are through a partnership with pop-up wedding planner Flora Pop.
The fast-food chain is running a contest with one winning couple getting an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and lodging at Planet Hollywood to be the first couple to have a Taco Bell wedding.
The Taco Bell Cantina wedding chapel opens this summer. Live action.
If were born during the late 70s or early 80s, you are most likely grouped in with the annoying millennials or pessimistic Gen X’s. Good news, you’re neither!
There is now a micro generation between the years of 1977 and 1983 called Generation Xennial. If you’re born in one of these seven years, you’ve probably found that you don’t fit into either of the existing generations surrounding you, this is because you shouldn’t! Xennial’s are different and therefore they get their own mini generation.
Typically, Xennials don’t have the cynicism associated with the Gen X generation, but they also lack the excessive optimism of millennials, who are said to overestimate their potential. Xennials fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
Because this generation name is fairly new, there is still a lot of talk, and disagreement on the characteristics surrounding the people in this generation.People born during this specific time period did not grow up in world where the internet and cell phones were always there, like the millennials who came after them. Xennials can distinctly remember when these technologies emerged. But unlike Gen X, they were able to adapt to these new technologies very quickly and easily.
When new technology came out, it grew as they did. They were old enough to get used to it and young enough to adapt and understand it. They are now able to use technology just as proficiently as millennials but can still remember a time without it. Xennials take the good from both generations surrounding them, and leave the bad. If you were born around the time of 77 to 83 and feel like you never belonged as a Millennial or Gen Xer, it’s because you’re neither!
Congratulations Xennials, you’ve waited long enough and now you finally have your very own micro-generation, that also has some pretty awesome traits.
Yehuda Adi Devir has already impressed us all with his witty and relatable illustrations about what it means to be in a relationship. Now he’s back with more drawings portraying the funny relationship dynamics between him and his wife Maya.
From complaining about (yet still tolerating) each other’s bad habits, to quiet intimate moments, that belong just for the two of them, the artist doesn’t shy away from portraying it all exactly how it is.
Each of us are sure to find a little bit of ourselves in these everyday situations, so scroll down and check out the pictures below.
#1 Her Hair Is Everywhere#2 After A Fight#3 Anniversary#4 Women Know Best#5 Street Biters#6 Nothing To Wear#7 Birthday Mornings#8 Mrs. Snuggles#9 I Can Stop Whenever I Want!#10 Safety First!#11 Her Magic Touch#12 New Cintiq#13 We Bought An Elliptical#14 Exhaustion#15 Mirror Mirror#16 L’chaim! Salute! Cheers!#17 When She’s Watching Game Of Thrones#18 Same Haircut Same Story#19 Smell Check#20 Happy Rosh Hashanah!#21 Beach Please!
Men and women have different goals, ambitions and for the most part different lifestyles. It is a good thing that we are as diverse as we are otherwise I don’t believe consider to spend our lives with someone that is an exact copy of ourselves.
Following are 22 pictures that take a funny twist on the differences that men and women share. Let’s have a laugh and maybe be you just might agree with one or two on the list.
We men do that as well, it’s just over looked.
Oh, have to bleep out this one.Yeah, I can’t even say that it isn’t true. Most of the time we don’t even wear pants till way after we have breakfast.
We are not good under preasure ok! but we still try.
Come on… you can’t say you don’t do this.
Hey, both are pretty creative you have to admit that.
Hmm…can’t say I haven’t done it.
A dude in this state deserves to get shot. I’m not joking, you come at me with you thing out I’m gonna shoot you.
All the angry ladies out there, we finally got it. Just give us a little more time and we promise that we’ll learn the language.
So, who has it worse?
Both guy and girls have to admit this is the truth.
Hey we both like to stuff our faces, just not with the same stuff.
Yep, sorry ladies. We suck at this.
You know what lady, I’ve never thought about that. that is so weird; what the heck does it mean to smell like House Music?
A Little Caesars in Indianapolis, IN, was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday morning after a couple found rodent feces baked into the crust of their pizza.
Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought the pizza from the chain restaurant and left. Once they started driving home, his girlfriend noticed something was wrong.
“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza,”.
RODENT FECES FALL FROM CEILING AT MALL FOOD COURT, DINERS CLAIM
McNeil said they turned around and went back to the restaurant for an explanation, but the employees claimed to not know what it was.
“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil, “I said ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”
He called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.Once the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, resulting in the closure of the restaurant.
“We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension,” said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department to FOX 59.
The Little Caesars pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017, FOX 59 reports. The restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems, but was never closed. Before the restaurant was given an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 alone, according to the Public Health Department’s website.
McNeil hopes others don’t suffer the same fate as he and his girlfriend.
“I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they’re eating,” said McNeil.
The pizza chain was re-opened Wednesday morning after a follow-up inspection. Little Caesars released a statement about the matter:
“Little Caesars takes great measures to ensure its products are high quality. We were notified of the situation at one of our independently owned and operated franchise locations. The store was immediately closed, thoroughly cleaned and the franchisee requested a health department reinspection. The store has reopened with approval from the health department.”
“They cooperated with us, they worked with us…they cleaned everything they needed to do,” said Kaufman to FOX 59.
Meet the Triple Action Thunder .50 BMG pistol by Triple Action, LLC.
It may look like a prop from a bad science fiction movie, but this unique single-shot pistol is 100% real. Surprisingly, the recoil is actually not as severe as many would assume thanks to a high efficiency muzzle brake and nitrogen recoil controller shock absorption system.
A Hand Cannon Like None Other
The .50 BMG pistol first started turning heads at SHOT Show 2004 where a prototype was found on display at the Triple Action, LLC booth. The booth also featured a few range videos where the Thunder could be seen in action.
Triple Action, LLC out of Logan, Utah was interested in producing more of these bad boys as a marketing trick to promote their recoil reduction systems. Sadly the company is gone, but the pistol still remains. This hand cannon, and we do mean cannon, fires a .50 cal BMG out of the palm of your hand.
- Caliber: .50 BMG
- Action: Scissor breach with separate cocking lever and case ejector
- Capacity: Single round
- Weight: 12 lbs empty
- Barrel: 13.2″
- Overall: 16.9″
- Trigger: 1 to 12 lbs (factory set)
History Of The .50 BMG
While a .50 caliber pistol may seem a bit large for everyday use, a 1/2″ diameter round was completely normal in the flint-lock era. After the development of smokeless powder, most pistols began using smaller bullets fired at higher velocities and the .50 caliber became less and less common. Rifles and machine guns, on the other hand, continued to experiment with larger rounds to meet the demands of mechanized warfare.
The .50 BMG, aka 12.7x99mm NATO, was developed in by John Browning during World War I. The legendary firearm manufacturer recognized the need for an anti-aircraft weapon near the end of the Great War. He based his idea on the .30-06 Springfield cartridge and the M1917 machine gun.The result was a new .50 caliber round that would be fired from the M1921 Browning machine gun, a water-cooled machine gun that would stay in service until 1933 where it was replaced by the M2 air-cooled Browning machine gun.
The .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun) cartridge has remained in service by NATO and many other nations since World War II. Originally designed for anti-aircraft purposes, the .50 BMG would later be modified for use with anti-material weapons.
- Parent Case: .30-06
- Bullet diameter: .510″
- Bullet weight: 647 gr – 800 gr
- Neck diameter: .560″
- Shoulder diameter: .735″
- Base diameter: .804″
- Case length: 3.91″
- Overall length: 5.45″
- Max pressure (EPVAT): 60,481 psi
- Max pressure (CIP): 53,664 psi
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