Does The TN Lottery Winner Hail From Middle TN?

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 19:36:22-05

A Sparta man claimed on Facebook he was a Powerball Jackpot winner, but hasn't been seen since, leaving family and friends to wonder if he really did become a millionaire over night.

Tucked between the rolling hills and horse pastures Sparta, TN is home to less than 6,000 people.

"Not a pretty small town, its a very small town," joked one resident. 

However, they may have a millionaire among them.

Residents were surprised to learn one of the winners in the largest Powerball jackpot in history may very well reside there. However, finding this so called winner has proven to be as mysterious as the Facebook post that started all of it.

"He was just here a couple days ago," laughed friend and colleague Jason Roberts. 

Wilson Gilley is a freelance computer technician, he often visits Roberts and the guys at Computer Doctors in Sparta. However, on Wednesday night he was on Facebook and posted a picture just after 11 o'clcock. In it, a ticket with the winning lotto numbers and a hat that his friends say prove its authenticity.

"That is his hat and we've never seen anybody with that hat. We know he has some of those hats special made for him," Roberts explained. 

Everyone wants to know are the numbers on the ticket real? Even Gilley's own father has his doubts. "I'd say that's one of the best photo shops there is," said Flint Gilley Sr. 

The two last spoke about a week ago but since Wednesday night and the Facebook post which has been taken down, Gilley is missing in action.

"I haven't heard anything from him," Gilley Sr. said. 

He said his son does travel to west Tennessee often for work. It is possible Gilley could've purchased the winning ticket in Munford, but is it plausible?

"I would say if he won he would've never posted it," Gilley Sr. said. 

However, if Gilley's claims are in fact true those who know him have this bit of advice.

"Spend it wisely, have fun and don't do anything stupid with it," Roberts laughed. 

"Get a good lawyer, get a good accountant and stay off of Facebook," Gilley Sr. said.  

Gilley also promised anyone who liked one of his earlier posts on his Facebook page a share of his winnings if he won.