Nightly News | November 29, 2011
>>> last night here we told you about three money managers who won the biggest lottery jack pot in connecticut history, a quarter million dollars. today the plot thickened as a friend said the three american were fronting for a wealthy client who wanted to remain anonymous. tonight another plot twist , and at least a promise that some of the money will go to a good cause. the story from nbc 's anne thompson .
>> reporter: winning $254 million would make most people giddy, not these guys. money managers stoically claimed the largest jackpot in connecticut history monday. their uncomfortable reaction in stark contrast to other big lottery winners.
>> reporter: the $229 million joy of tom and kathleen moore.
>> we're going to live the way we have, just a little bit higher.
>> reporter: the new york costco winners. splitting more than $201 million. and the humility of neal wanless. hitting the jackpot of $232 million.
>> i plan to repay it many times over.
>> reporter: the reaction from david and his colleagues led to snarky headlines. and this bombshell, reporting the three are fronting for the real winner. their source, tom gladstone, who told told nbc news, i was nervous that i left the cat out of the bag. conspiracy theorists online, pointed to the trio's attorney to talk about the men. and then there are the odds. you have a better shot at dating a supermodel, winning an olympic gold medal , even becoming president than the 195 million to 1 odds of winning this prize. today a spokesperson said there is no fourth person, and at the gas station where the ticket was sold, the story is very simple.
>> he's right here.
>> reporter: now these money managers have to manage millions of their own. anne thompson , nbc news, new york.