Lottery winner won £40m jackpot 10 years ago and still hasn’t told his family

A California man confessed to winning $55m (£40m) in the lottery 10 years ago but has not told anyone – including his family.

The self-proclaimed "Low-Key Lottery Winner" made the claim in a letter to a financial agony uncle, he asked whether he was wrong to keep his millions to himself.

The life-changing sum would put him on a par with some of the wealthiest names on the planet, but despite his new-found riches he said he had only bought a "new truck and a house".

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Given his relatively modest spending, you might assume the lucky man would be eager to share his victory with family members and said in the 2021 confession that he had a living sister.

But he admitted to not liking her or her husband, adding that he feared she would make him give half the money to her church if she knew about the win.

The letter to Quentin Fottrell, from MoneyWatch, read: "About 10 years ago, I won over $55 million in the California lottery. I never told my parents or my sister, or anyone for that matter.

"I have kept a low profile. I did buy a new truck and a house, but I told them I was renting the house. Was I wrong to not tell anyone?

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"I know that my parents would not have asked for a thing, but my sister would have told me to donate half to her church. I have not donated money to anyone or any organisation.

"I am now 67 and very comfortable with my life. I don’t spend a lot. I have no kids, and both parents have passed away. I have not provided for my sister because I do not like her or her husband, and I have not spoken to her in over 10 years.

"She hopefully has no clue where I live; besides, my parents took her out of the estate before they died. She tried to do some horrible things to our parents, which I managed to put a stop to. Was I wrong in not telling anyone about my winnings?"

In a bid to quash the winner's fears, Fottrell said he should not feel guilty for not telling anyone.

"I see nothing wrong with living your life the way you want to live it, and resisting the urge to share the news with anyone, even and especially your family," he wrote.

Uncle Quentin did say he was surprised the man had been able to remain anonymous in a state where the names of lottery winners are part of the public record.

But he concluded adding: "Enjoy your good fortune, and your privacy, as long as it lasts. Once the latter is gone, no amount of money will get it back."

Two years later, it is unclear whether the anonymous writer ever came clean to his family about his winnings – or whether he continued to enjoy his new-found wealth in peace.

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