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Powerball winner, 90, sues son, says money invested poorly

A 90-year-old Florida woman who took home $278 million from a winning Powerball ticket six years ago has sued her son and his financial advisers, claiming the money was put into poor investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees

ORLANDO, Fla. — A 90-year-old Florida woman who took home $278 million from a winning Powerball ticket six years ago is suing her son and his financial advisers, claiming the money was put into low-return investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees.

The lawsuit filed by Gloria Mackenzie last month in state court in Jacksonville against her son, Scott, and his financial advisers, alleges breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligence and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Scott Mackenzie had power of attorney over his mother’s finances.

As the widow of a mill worker, and with little money until she was in her 80s, Gloria Mackenzie says she had scant education in managing a large sum of money and relied on her son.

“Prior to her good fortune, Gloria was living in a small, rented duplex . for $375 a month,” the lawsuit said. “Her income was modest, fixed, and derived from her monthly Social Security and small widow’s pension.”

The low-return investments in CDs and money market accounts cost her tens of millions of dollars that she could have earned with another investment strategy, the lawsuit said.

Scott Mackenzie said in court papers that there’s no basis for a lawsuit just because investments didn’t grow the way his mother preferred and the value of the investments never decreased.

His mother’s claims “are based solely on allegations that Scott introduced Gloria to an investment adviser who put her in conservative investment vehicles, in accordance with her chosen investment objectives, and effectively preserved her wealth,” he said in court papers.

In May 2013, then age 84, Gloria Mackenzie purchased a winning Powerball ticket worth $590 million. After agreeing to get a lump sum and deducting taxes, Gloria Mackenzie took home $278 million. She gave half of her winning to her son, who had promised to care for her for the rest of her life, according to her lawsuit.

When the family of Gloria Mackenzie’s daughter informed her that the financial adviser, Hank Madden, had previously faced professional discipline, Scott Mackenzie threatened to disinherit them, the lawsuit said. Madden hosts a local radio call-in show offering financial advice.

A judge previously dismissed a similar lawsuit but allowed Gloria Mackenzie to file the amended complaint.

A 90-year-old Florida woman who took home $278 million from a winning Powerball ticket six years ago has sued her son and his financial advisers, claiming the money was put into poor investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees

US lottery winner sues son for mismanaging fortune

A 90-year-old US lottery winner is suing her son and his financial advisers for allegedly mismanaging her fortune.

Gloria Mackenzie became the biggest single Powerball winner in US history when she took home the $278m (ВЈ209) windfall six years ago.

But the Florida resident claims the money was put into poor investments, costing her millions of dollars.

Her son, Scott Mackenzie, says the lawsuit is not justified.

Ms Mackenzie was 84 years old when she won $590.5m on the Powerball in 2013. After opting to take the money in a lump sum and deducting taxes, she received $278m.

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She says she gave half of her winnings to her son, who had vowed to look after her for the rest of her life.

With no experience in managing large amounts of money, she also gave her son power of attorney over her own finances.

But in a lawsuit filed last month in Jacksonville, Ms Mackenzie claims that low-return investments made by her son and his financial advisers cost her tens of millions of dollars that she could have earned if the money had been better managed.

She was also being charged $2m in fees, according to the suit.

In court papers, Mr Mackenzie says there is no basis for the legal action.

The claims “are based solely on allegations that Scott introduced Gloria to an investment adviser who put her in conservative investment vehicles, in accordance with her chosen investment objectives, and effectively preserved her wealth,” he said in court papers.

Florida resident Gloria Mackenzie says her money was put into bad investments, costing her millions. ]]>