By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Aug 16, 2012 11:23 AM EDT
Holly Lahti went from obscurity to notoriety after winning a Mega Millions jackpot of $190 million in January 2011, then she disappeared from the public eye.
Now the 29-year-old multimillionaire has resurfaced. Lahti's hometown newspaper, the Coeur d'Alene Press, reports she attended a Relay for Life fundraiser on Tuesday at the place she used to work before she struck it rich, Inland Northwest Bank in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Lahti has committed to matching the fundraiser's proceeds.
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Lahti vanished from the small Idaho town after her big win, which netted her a little more than $80 million after taxes. She quit her job, disconnected her phone numbers and moved away.
Acquaintances cite privacy concerns as the reason behind her low profile, and they tell the small newspaper that no one asks many questions out of respect for their former coworker.
"Privacy is still her big concern and, as a result, I don't ask any questions that would violate that privacy," said Ron Jacobson, who works at the bank. "I did tell her that she looked and sounded happier and less stressed than the last time we spoke."
Lahti's winnings are still somewhat up in the air, at least in the mind of her estranged husband Josh Lahti. The two were separated but still legally married when she won the Mega Millions jackpot, and Josh is reportedly taking aim at a share of the cash.
When the Associated Press revealed to him that Lahti had won the money, Josh Lahti said that was good news for the debts he owed to the two children the couple share.
"That's awesome! I won't have to pay child support," he said.
Lahti is rumored to have moved to the West Coast since striking it rich. Though she didn't offer many personal details to her friends in Idaho, they said money hasn't changed her.
"She's the same great Holly," said Suzanna Spencer, Lahti's former branch manager. "She's as personable, loving and caring as she ever was."
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