Would you keep your multi-million dollar lottery winnings a secret from your family?
Well, one dad has revealed he’s been holding on to a $US22 million dollar ($A35 million) secret for the past two years after quietly winning the jackpot with a “group of co-workers”.
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John*, from the US, said the only people in his life that know about his lottery winnings are his wife and one sibling.
However, his two teenage kids have no idea he took home $A35 million after tax.
“You tell too many people and you get too many people at your door asking for handouts and expecting you to pay for everything,” John told Nashville radio station The Ramsey Show.
“So my wife and I made a conscious decision just to keep it under wraps … we haven’t even told our two teenage children.
“Now I know that sounds strange, but we just don’t want them to grow up to be waiters, you know … waiting for us to die so they can get our money.
“I want them to go figure out what they want to do in life and then I’ll let them know, I’m not I’m not going to keep it from them forever.”
John* told a radio station he’s been holding on to a $22 million dollar ($A35 million) secret for the past two years. Credit: The Ramsey Show Highlights
Just one month after John won the lottery, his wife’s great uncle Bob died – leaving behind most of his inheritance for her and her siblings.
“So we’ve been able to use that as our cover story for when we help people,” he explains.
“I bought my mum a roof but when she said, ‘How can you afford this?’ I just said, ‘Oh it’s great uncle Bob’s money mum, he wanted us to do this.”
Before winning the huge jackpot, John – who’s aged in his late 40s – said he was living comfortably.
“My house was paid off before I won this. My wife and I really have no desire to move,” he explained.
“We had just paid cash for two Toyota cars before we won this and we still have them so we’re not looking to upgrade to anything because they’re perfectly fine cars.”
The dad has been keeping the lottery winning a secret from his two teenage kids. Credit: Getty Images/fStop
Despite being a multi-millionaire, John said he never quit his full-time job.
“I’m still working because I like my job,” he explained.
When his sister asked him what his biggest splurge was, he responded: “Patio furniture.”
“I’m not a big, flashy guy,” he said.
*Name has been changed
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