The anonymous man from Maine, upon winning, had his ex sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to “promote the safety and security” of herself, him, and their daughter, The Daily Beast reports.
After hitting it big with his numbers – 30, 43, 45, 46 and 61, and the gold Mega Ball 14 – he chose to take a one-time lump-sum payment of $723,564,144 – the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, according to the New York Times.
While Maine is not one of the states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, however, the man used a limited liability company to hide his identity.
Unfortunately, according to the man’s lawsuit filed in the United States District Court of Maine, his ex revealed to his parents the fact that he had won more than a billion dollars.
The NDA was supposed to remain in effect until June 1, 2032.
“[A]s a result of Defendant’s unauthorized disclosure of Protected Subject Matter to John Doe’s father and stepmother, other third parties are now in possession of John Doe’s Protected Subject Matter, including his sister,” the lawsuit reads.
He says that because of that disclosure “other third parties” including his sister are now aware of his massive wealth.
“As a result of Defendant’s unauthorized disclosures, John Doe has suffered irreparable injury, and there is immediate and imminent danger that John Doe will continue to irreparable injury for which there is no adequate remedy at law,” the lawsuit states.
He is seeking “no less than $100,000 per unauthorized disclosure” committed by his ex, who also happens to be the mother of his daughter, plus “reasonable attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses incurred in connection with this litigation.”