Now, color me greedy, but I’d have to have some sick, twisted dead-hookers-in-the-trunk-of-my-car type skeletons in my closet to forego a $14,000,000 pay day.
Kristan does have some theories, however:
The ticket was purchased by a fugitive who would go away for a long time if he came forward. The flaw with that is people who turn to a life of crime tend not to think ahead that carefully, or to defer gratification.
Could unpaid taxes be the problem? Belize is noted as a tax haven, Could the winner be a Des Moines millionaire-next-door who has been stashing money illegally in Belize, didn’t want to draw attention, and was willing to claim the prize only anonymously? If so, it seems like a play gone wrong. Winning the lottery would seem to be a godsend for a tax evader. Suddenly nobody would think twice about your new sports car and big house in Florida.
One theory makes as much sense as any (that is to say, not a whole lot). The convenience store where the ticket was purchased is at an Interstate 80 exit. Recently Iowa’s interstates have been clogged with strange people from out of town. Perhaps a wealthy stranger bought the ticket while his people were fueling up. Maybe a stranger with offshore investments, who seems shy about his wealth, and who knows a thing or two about investing in tax havens. Somebody who could walk away from $14 million and still have plenty left over.