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$425M Powerball winner wants privacy

Published: Wed, April 2, 2014 @ 10:50 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The winner of one of the largest Powerball jackpots in history has finally come forward — but he still hasn't quite revealed his identity.

B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, waited more than a month to accept his prize on Tuesday at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.

In a photo taken after he claimed the money, Buxton was covering his face with an oversize check for $425 million. Perhaps the only clue to his identity was his unusual shirt, which featured a picture of the Star Wars character Yoda and read, "Luck of the Jedi I have."

"He really wants to live a private life as best he can," Buxton's publicist Sam Singer told The Associated Press. "He was a solidly middle-class American, and today he is a solidly wealthy one."

Buxton is hoping to remain out of the limelight and doesn't want to speak directly to the media, Singer said. He also won't reveal his age, address or what he did for a living until his very recent retirement.

One reason that Buxton waited to come forward on April 1 — April Fool's Day — is simply that he has a healthy sense of humor, Singer said. "He still can't believe it's not a prank on him. But the reality is Ray Buxton is the winner."


1NilesOhio(998 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't see why their identity must be revealed. It paints a target on them, so the lottery agency is potentially putting their clients in harm's way.

There really needs to be an anonymous acceptance option since all the taxes are paid up front.

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276Ytown(1374 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Doesn't want his identity released, wants to remain anonymous but yet the author of this article mentions his name 6 times and tells us that he is from Northern California?

Two clicks on the internet found his name, address, phone number and relatives in Saratoga, CA. So much for his request for privacy.

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3prodgodq(172 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Unfortunately the first thing he's going to have to do is move, or hire security. He's got the money to do it now, but not everything is positive about having that kind of cash.

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