Arizona's Powerball Winner Staying Anonymous, but Totally Sounds Like a Rich Guy

Arizona Lottery officials held a press conference this afternoon to announce details about the Fountain Hills dude who won half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, except the guy's name.

Based on the description given by lottery officials, they definitely made it sound like this guy was rich before he won the jackpot -- although that probably wasn't their intent.

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We'll have to wait for a bit until we found out what the guy's name is, because he doesn't get to stay anonymous forever.

"The Arizona Lottery is required to release the winner's name, city of residence, game, and amount won upon request, so total anonymity is not possible," according to the lottery's website.

Until we know who this guy is, we're guessing that the guy was wealthy before taking the $192 million cash option, which is about $134 million after taxes.

Below, find a list of ways lottery officials described this fellow today, and convince us that this guy doesn't already reek of cash:

  • Lives in Fountain Hills
  • In his 30s and married
  • Just turned over the ticket to lottery officials, after assembling lawyers and financial advisers to make a plan
  • "He's a professional"
  • "Financially savvy"
  • "Smart"
  • He enjoys the work he does
  • He wants to use the money to do "something beneficial for the community"
  • Already gives money to non-profits and charities
  • Plans on setting up his own charity

If you just said to yourself, "Damn, none of those things (other than age or marital status) sound like me," that's because you're not rich.

Again, we're just guessing the guy's rich, because he totally sounds like he was rich -- before he got even richer -- but we'll probably find out soon enough.

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Matthew Hendley
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