$254 Million Powerball Jackpot Claimed by Wealth Managers

After going unclaimed for 27 days, a $254 million Powerball jackpot — the largest payout ever in Connecticut — has been claimed by three men who work at an asset management firm.

Gregg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson claimed the jackpot this morning. The three men work at Belpointe Asset Management firm.

In early November, a sanitation worker claimed he bought the winning lottery ticket, but lost it.

“He says it’s his number, but he can’t find the ticket, lost the ticket. So I don’t know what to say,” Suni Patel, the owner of the store that sold the winning ticket, told ABC affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn.

If he was not mistaken, the sanitation worker has until April 30, 2012, to claim what would now be a quarter of the jackpot.

In what seems to be an unfair turn of events, many people who are already rich have won the lottery. Evelyn Marie Adams, the first two-time winner of the New Jersey Lottery, won $3.9 million in October 1985 and $1.4 million only four months later.

Brian McCarthy, 25-year-old son of millionaire Marriott president Robert McCarthy, won $107 million from the Virginia Mega Millions jackpot in September.

In 2007, Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sesenbrenner, millionaire heir to the Kleenex and Scott paper towel fortune, won the lottery for the third time.  He is reported to be worth more than $11 million.

In 2008, Kenan Altunis, a native of Long Island, N.Y., and a millionaire banker, won the state’s first “$1 million a year for life” scratch-off game and because he lives in London, he does not have to pay taxes on the prize money.