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Changing your name after hitting it big

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Posted: June 13, 2011, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

Would any of you ever consider changing your name after you claimed a massive jackpot? And could changing your name help in hiding your identity?

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    Posted: June 14, 2011, 12:10 am - IP Logged

    Would any of you ever consider changing your name after you claimed a massive jackpot? And could changing your name help in hiding your identity?

    I think it's something that everyone should consider and be prepared to institute should the need arise.

    For that reason I have already chosen a name just so I'm prepared. It's unremarkable and nondescript so as to not attract attention.

    Pat McGroin.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: June 14, 2011, 1:32 am - IP Logged

      Would any of you ever consider changing your name after you claimed a massive jackpot? And could changing your name help in hiding your identity?

      You have to print your name change in the paper, so chances are someone will see that and you're cover will be blown, plus you wouldn't be able to change it again.

       

      Me? I'll collect via a trust so those who do find out that I'm the winner will be very few and far between simply because most of those wanting a lottery players winnings don't want to work too hard to do so.

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        Posted: June 14, 2011, 7:55 am - IP Logged

        Mr. Mossberg and Mr.Winchester say theres no need.Big Grin

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          Posted: June 14, 2011, 8:26 am - IP Logged

          Mr. Mossberg and Mr.Winchester say theres no need.Big Grin

          LOL....I like that SullyROFLROFLROFL

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            Posted: June 14, 2011, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

            I always wanted to know a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Sippi.  If I were married and won a jackpot, I might look in that direction.

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              Posted: June 14, 2011, 4:59 pm - IP Logged

              You have to print your name change in the paper, so chances are someone will see that and you're cover will be blown, plus you wouldn't be able to change it again.

               

              Me? I'll collect via a trust so those who do find out that I'm the winner will be very few and far between simply because most of those wanting a lottery players winnings don't want to work too hard to do so.

              When you win you'll have plenty of money to rent a cheap apartment in another state and get your name changed there where nobody reading those notices in the paper knows you.

              As far as I know, you can change your name as many times as you want.  A woman I worked with changed hers 3 or 4 times in a year.  She kept saying it just didn't feel right so she changed it.  Someone else told me she was trying to clean up her credit reports.  I guess she confused the credit reporting agencies by all the names, then disputed that she ever used the name all the bad debts were under and got them all removed.

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                Posted: June 14, 2011, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                Mr. Mossberg and Mr.Winchester say theres no need.Big Grin

                Mr. Smith & Mr. Weson: Say the same thing!

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                  Posted: June 14, 2011, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

                  Would any of you ever consider changing your name after you claimed a massive jackpot? And could changing your name help in hiding your identity?

                  Make it something simple: Anthony Weiner!

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                    Posted: June 14, 2011, 6:59 pm - IP Logged

                    Mr. Smith & Mr. Weson: Say the same thing!

                    I see you got the memo.... LMAO..

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                      Posted: June 15, 2011, 4:51 am - IP Logged

                      I think it's something that everyone should consider and be prepared to institute should the need arise.

                      For that reason I have already chosen a name just so I'm prepared. It's unremarkable and nondescript so as to not attract attention.

                      Pat McGroin.

                      LOL

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                        Posted: June 15, 2011, 8:24 am - IP Logged

                        Make it something simple: Anthony Weiner!

                        Yikes, wouldn't touch that one with a 10 foot pole,LOL no pun intended.

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                          Posted: June 15, 2011, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

                          You have to print your name change in the paper, so chances are someone will see that and you're cover will be blown, plus you wouldn't be able to change it again.

                           

                          Me? I'll collect via a trust so those who do find out that I'm the winner will be very few and far between simply because most of those wanting a lottery players winnings don't want to work too hard to do so.

                          You're not foolish enough to change your name to Hollingsworth Thaddeus Vandersnatch are you? Everybody in the world knowing that your new name is John Smith is pretty meaningless in terms of tracking you down. If I was going to change my name because of winning the lottery it would be to something very common, and after I had established residence in a very populated area. It's an extremely safe bet that when I claim my prize several months later the few people who read my notice among the thousands of other legal notices in the NY Times aren't likely to remember.

                          The important thing isn't what your name is after you've won, it's what you do after you've won. You want to be invisible, not anonymous.

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                            Posted: June 15, 2011, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

                            You're not foolish enough to change your name to Hollingsworth Thaddeus Vandersnatch are you? Everybody in the world knowing that your new name is John Smith is pretty meaningless in terms of tracking you down. If I was going to change my name because of winning the lottery it would be to something very common, and after I had established residence in a very populated area. It's an extremely safe bet that when I claim my prize several months later the few people who read my notice among the thousands of other legal notices in the NY Times aren't likely to remember.

                            The important thing isn't what your name is after you've won, it's what you do after you've won. You want to be invisible, not anonymous.

                            Good choice to post your name change - the New York Times.

                            Fewer and fewer people read it everyday so there'd be a lot less exposure than there used to be.

                            Only problem is the base of readers is overwhelmingly liberal.

                            Hence, a very high percentage of nutjobs who think wealthy people owe them money, seeing your legal notice. 

                            What a Catch 22, huh?


                                                                         
                                                 
                                                                     

                             

                             

                             

                             

                                                                                                                               

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                              Posted: June 15, 2011, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

                              LOL

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