The Mainer who won $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot earlier this year has now filed a lawsuit against his daughter’s mother for violating a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
The winner — identified only as John Doe in the filing — has accused his minor daughter’s mother of breaking the terms of an NDA she signed on February 8, 2023.
It is alleged in the lawsuit that by violating the NDA, the mother has caused “immediate and imminent danger” for the winner.
According to the NDA, which was attached as an exhibit to the lawsuit, the mother was only allowed to disclose “protected subject matter” to her daughter, significant other, and a handful of professionals and advisors.
The NDA defines “protected subject matter” as encompassing the fact that John Doe “was the winner of the Maine lottery in January of 2023,” as well as the “amount of any assets being conveyed” by the winner to his daughter.
It was set that the NDA would remain in effect until June 1, 2032 — a date designed to coincide with the daughter becoming a legal adult.
John Doe alleges in the lawsuit that his daughter’s mother disclosed information falling under the umbrella of “protected subject matter” to his father and stepmother over the phone.
The winner also alleges that as a result of this initial disclosure “third parties,” including his sister, are now also in possession of this information as well.
From this lawsuit, the winner hopes to have the court issue “preliminary and permanent” injunctive relief preventing the Defendant from continuing to violate the NDA.
He also aims to have the mother provide a “Notice of Breach” — as is required by the NDA — outlining the specifics of who exactly was informed and when, as well as what has been done to “minimize” the “republication” of the disclosed details.
In addition to this, the winner is seeking “actual and compensatory damages” of at least $100,000 for each unauthorized disclosure.
The winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased for the January 13th drawing at the Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine.
The man who won accepted his winnings in February via a limited liability company (LLC) called LaKoma Island Investments, LLC and has kept his personal identity private.
He opted to accept the lump sum cash payment of $723 million.
Although Maine does not allow lottery winners to accept their prizes anonymously — a route available to winners in a handful of states — there is an option to claim winnings via an LLC, providing privacy to those who quickly come into large amounts of money.