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A Californian man has confessed to winning $55million 10 years ago on the lottery but has not told anyone or donated any cash to charity.
The self-named "Low-Key Lottery Winner" made the astonishing claim to a financial agony uncle, where he asked if he was wrong to hold onto all the money and not share a penny.
The life changing figure would put the winner on a wealth footing with some of the richest celebrities on the planet, but he admits to only buying a "new truck and a house".
Despite the reclusive-winner having a living sister he admits in the letter to not liking her or her husband, and relays concerns that she would make him give half the money to her church if she knew about the win.
In the letter to Quentin, from MoneyWatch, the lottery winner writes: "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?
"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.
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"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 reply full of much wisdom financial agony uncle Quentin Fottrell advised the winner that he should not feel bad he has not told anyone.
He wrote: "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.”
Uncle Quentin does raise the point that he is surprised the man has remained anonymous in a state where the names of lottery winners are part of the public record.
He concluded by 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."
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