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Kentucky lottery winner donates entire prize to college

Topic closed. 18 replies. Last post 11 years ago by cps10.

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Chief Bottle Washer
New Jersey
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Posted: January 14, 2006, 7:09 am - IP Logged

You say that "the reduction in taxes doesn't mean much in terms of how much your winnings are reduced" but there is not just charity.  That can be one of the biggest things, but there are MANY other factors that can reduce taxes for SMART winners.

Note, I'm specifically talking about winners who consult with a tax attorney BEFORE claiming the prize.

It's important to note that many winners get a big chunk of the withholding back as a refund IF they get the good tax advice.  That is ignored so much by people who complain about about the withholding.  Not everyone has to make tons of charitable contributions in order to get refunds .... existing circumstances (medical bills, child deductions, mortgage payments, business expenses) often count for the bulk of the refunds.  But again, the importance of getting professional advice can't be stressed enough.


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    Bethesda, Maryland
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    June 6, 2005
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    Posted: January 14, 2006, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

    Understood, but the point being that the only reliable and always-correct number to give to people is the amount withheld by the lottery. 

    You'd be surprised how many people incorrectly say that the amounts on the Jackpot Analysis pages at USA Mega are wrong.  They say that the real amount is something like 39%, but they are not correct.  The amounts listed on those pages -- 25% Federal, plus whatever the states withhold -- are the correct numbers, and then naturally people have to pay more or less than that on April 15, depending on what they did with the prize money.

    Again, the point is that when people say the taxes on lottery prizes amount to 39%, that is wrong.  For some people it may be 39%, but making a blanket statement that it is 39% is wrong.


    I can appreciate your point.....especially as some States don't have an "income tax" such as Nevada.....

      Tenaj's avatar - michellea
      Charlotte NC
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      June 18, 2005
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      Posted: January 14, 2006, 8:25 pm - IP Logged

      angelm - you are right, seeing as I am from Louisville originally, and my dad went to school in Richmond @ EKU.

      Todd - yeah, it is a great story. I wish I could afford one day to do something like that for my high school or for Univ. of North Carolina (not like they don't have enough money as it is!)

      SmileyA building on the campus on UNC-Chapel Hill was built with public lottery money many many years ago and I forgot which one Yale or Princeton was started on public lottery money.


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        The Carolinas - Charlotte
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        September 12, 2005
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        Posted: January 16, 2006, 11:36 am - IP Logged

        Tenaj - which building was it? Might have been after I graduated ('90).