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$1.3 billion mega-million jackpot win causes division in Maine family

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Posted on: May 15, 2024, 7:11 am.

Last updated: May 15, 2024, 7:11 am.

The “lottery curse” appears to be exerting its malevolent power on the winner of Maine’s largest lottery jackpot of all time, poisoning the relationships between the winner, his parents and the mother of his child.

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The anonymous winner of one of America’s largest-ever lottery jackpots claims the mother of his child breached a confidentiality agreement when she told his parents about the winnings. (NBC)

The anonymous $1.35 billion Mega Millions winner is suing his ex, claiming she talked to his parents about the winnings without his permission.

Now his former partner has hit back at her wealthy accuser, alleging misconduct on his part. Meanwhile, the winner’s father claims he is “not the son I knew.”

Doe vs. Smith

The former couple are referred to in court documents by the pseudonyms “John Doe” and “Sara Smith,” respectively. That’s because Maine allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

Doe sued Smith in November 2023, claiming she violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when she told his father and stepmother about his newfound wealth.

The NDA was established to “promote the safety and security of John Doe, Defendant, and their daughter and to prevent the irreparable harm caused by the media or the public generally discovering their identity and physical location,” the NDA said. spokesman. the lawsuit.

Doe wants an injunction banning Smith from releasing further information about the jackpot. He also asked the court to order Smith to list every person she told and pay damages in “an amount to be determined at trial, but not less than $100,000 per unauthorized disclosure.” ”

The divide is deepening

But in recently filed documents in the case, both Smith and the man’s father claim that Doe himself told his parents about the victory. Doe also demanded that his father stop talking to Smith, causing a rift between the two men.

“I told him… ‘You are not the son I knew,’” the father alleged in court documents. “He got angry and called me a ‘dictator’ and a ‘s***hole.’ I haven’t heard from my son since, and he hasn’t done any of the things he promised.”

Smith claims in a recent lawsuit that Doe hired a security team to monitor her and her daughter daily.

Meanwhile, Doe claims that Smith is trying to expose his identity. He also claims she falsely accused him of trying to ‘kidnap’ their daughter because he refused to pay for her and her new boyfriend to go on holiday.