Lebanon, Maine – November 22, 2023
In a legal twist following a historic lottery win, a man who secured a staggering $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot earlier this year has taken legal action against the mother of his child. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, alleges a breach of a nondisclosure agreement aimed at preserving the lottery winner’s anonymity.
The lottery triumph occurred after the man purchased a ticket at a gas station in Lebanon, Maine, marking one of the largest lottery payments in U.S. history. The plaintiff, identified only by a pseudonym, asserts that the defendant, also shielded by a pseudonym, violated the nondisclosure agreement by revealing details about his substantial winnings, as outlined in court papers.
According to the legal documents, the defendant disclosed the confidential information to the winner’s father and stepmother. Both parties involved in the case are currently known only by the pseudonyms provided in the court records.
The court filings specify that the winner resides in Maine, while the defendant resides in Massachusetts. The defendant is expected to respond to the lawsuit by December 6, as per the court’s timeline.
As of now, there is no listed attorney for the defendant. Gregory Brown of Knoxville, Tennessee, who represents the lottery winner, declined to comment on the lawsuit when approached by the Portland Press Herald.
The complaint outlines that the nondisclosure agreement was established shortly after the winning ticket was purchased. The plaintiff is seeking legal intervention in the form of an injunction from the court and a minimum of $100,000 in damages.
This legal saga adds a layer of complexity to the already extraordinary tale of a lottery windfall, highlighting the lengths some winners go to maintain their privacy in the wake of life-changing financial events. As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the court will weigh the claims and counterclaims in this high-stakes legal dispute.