Instant Fort Worth Millionaire Still a Mystery

Man who won $28 million stays anonymous for now

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Monday, May 14, 2012  |  Updated 7:29 PM CDT
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A Fort Worth man is an instant multi-millionaire after buying the winning $28 million Lotto Texas ticket at the Crossroad Shell Station on Western Center Boulevard in North Fort Worth.

Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 News

A Fort Worth man is an instant multi-millionaire after buying the winning $28 million Lotto Texas ticket at the Crossroad Shell Station on Western Center Boulevard in North Fort Worth.

A Fort Worth man close to retirement will never have to work again after becoming an instant multimillionaire.

The man anonymous to the world bought Saturday's winning ticket at the Shell gas station at 3605 Western Center Boulevard in Fort Worth.

For now, he's choosing to live in the shadows instead of the spotlight.

"Man, it's a lot of money," said Moin Hoque, who is a part of a group of businesspeople who own a group of gas stations.

He said he is happy the excitement is fueling more lotto sales at his Western Center location.

"Any time good news like this happens, it's good for the whole neighborhood and the community," Hoque said.

The win will net the Fort Worth man either $28 million over 25 years or more than $21 million if he chooses to take the upfront cash option.

Choosing privacy over publicity, the winner is staying out of sight of the public eye. But Gias Uddin, who manages the station, met the man after the winner stopped by on Sunday to say thanks.

"I never thought I'm going to meet this person and right face-to-face," said Gias Uddin, who manages the station.

But he doesn't know the winner's name, phone number or any way to get a hold of him.

"I was hugging him so hard. And he was showing me the ticket, and he said, 'Let's go and scan it, and when he scanned it, it said, 'You have to report it to the Texas Lottery Commission.' Then I knew that he was right, you know," Uddin said.

Luck seems to have a long streak at the gas station. People have won $5,000 and $10,000 at a time -- not to mention all the scratch-off wins in which people win $1,000, $2,500 and sometimes $5,000 at a time.

The station has a wall of fame with all of their wins posted under the cash register, on the customer side.

"Now, we're going to put the grand picture of 28 million, and that will be our signature trophy of the store," Hoque said.

The gas station is a winner, too. It will get 1 percent of the winnings -- $280,000.

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