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Few major lottery jackpot winners get chance to be anonymous

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Posted: April 24, 2012, 12:14 am - IP Logged

Change your name before claiming the prize. This usually takes one month. Then another month to update  your drivers license and social security information. No public appearance. Don't sign the ticket until after the name change, keep in a lock box.

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    Any one knew the rules for winning in New York State....new york lottery websight doesn't tell you much.And if you call on the phone or email ,you just get the runaround..Todd,,,maybe you know since your right next door???????

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      The MUSL Association publishes at the powerball website, the following FAQ and Answer:

       “CAN I REMAIN ANONYMOUS WHEN I HIT THE JACKPOT?

       All but five states (DE, KS, MD, ND, OH) have laws that require the lottery to release the name and city of residence to anyone who asks”

      To the best of my knowledge, Michigan's anonymity laws are waived for the multi-state games of Mega Millions and Power Ball, for Jackpots and 2nd tier prize winners. Hence, the article maybe flawed on it's representations, about Michigan being a state where the multi state games' winning jackpots and 2nd tier prizes can be claimed anonymously.

      The official powerbal website does not support the representations of the article about Michigan being a member of the club of 5 as a 6th member.

       

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        Yep michigan is kind of stupid in that no one will know your a winner unless you win powerball or mega. Then they have no problem  letting everyone know you won. I guess they have to get some publicity since there games don't really pay out much except for classic 47 but that rarely breaks 10 million and takes a really long time to get there lol

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          Change your name before claiming the prize. This usually takes one month. Then another month to update  your drivers license and social security information. No public appearance. Don't sign the ticket until after the name change, keep in a lock box.

          So basically you're saying it's a good idea to go through all those problems to change your name before validating the ticket so everybody will know your new name?

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            That's sounds like a good idea...whitelion!!!!

             

            Here's what the Georgia Lottery had to say about claiming that state's prizes anonymously 

            "Thank you for contacting the Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC).

            While Georgia Lottery winners are not required to have a press conference or take a photograph, many feel that it enhances the winning experience.  The Georgia Lottery Corporation is required, by statute, to comply with Georgia’s Open Records Act. Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, a prize winner’s name, city, county, and state of residence, and the amount of the prize won shall be regarded as matters of public record. Georgia Lottery prizes may also be claimed by a single legal entity, such as a corporation, partnership or trust."


            My Question Is...Does that mean if I created a Blind Trust, that my personal name, city and other residence info would also be made public??? Does anyone know the answer?  Thanks!

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              Posted: April 24, 2012, 9:01 am - IP Logged

              Changing your name  is quite simple. Change it to a  commonly known name  like Smith, Johnson. I have 50+ James Smith's in my town according to the white pages. Keep it quiet....but  we're in America and people these days love the attention and are also impatient. Take 2 months to protect your privacy and your families privacy. You have the rest of your life to spend the winnings.

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                That's sounds like a good idea...whitelion!!!!

                 

                Here's what the Georgia Lottery had to say about claiming that state's prizes anonymously 

                "Thank you for contacting the Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC).

                While Georgia Lottery winners are not required to have a press conference or take a photograph, many feel that it enhances the winning experience.  The Georgia Lottery Corporation is required, by statute, to comply with Georgia’s Open Records Act. Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, a prize winner’s name, city, county, and state of residence, and the amount of the prize won shall be regarded as matters of public record. Georgia Lottery prizes may also be claimed by a single legal entity, such as a corporation, partnership or trust."


                My Question Is...Does that mean if I created a Blind Trust, that my personal name, city and other residence info would also be made public??? Does anyone know the answer?  Thanks!

                That depends on what their rules are for claiming by trust.

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                  Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. You can lock the ticket away in a bible in a safe until after you change your name. If you told nobody (which you're suppose to do) then no one will know it is there. Here is the order:

                  Change your name to a common name - takes about a month to complete.

                  Change your address to a UPS lock box (not in your city). This gives you a regular address, not a PO Box.

                  Once your name change is processed update your driver's license to your new name and address.

                  Also update your Social security and tax info by filling out Form SS-5 at your local social security office.

                  Wait a month or so.

                  When you claim the prize, never do a press conference. They will release your new name, city and prize amount to the public.

                  If they require a press conference, have a lawyer speak on your behalf, but never step foot in front of those cameras.

                  Don't change your spending habits for awhile.

                  ***If someone told you that you could be a multi-millionaire, but you had to wait 6 months before spending any of the money and follow a plan.. Would you do it??  I would in a second***

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                    Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. You can lock the ticket away in a bible in a safe until after you change your name. If you told nobody (which you're suppose to do) then no one will know it is there. Here is the order:

                    Change your name to a common name - takes about a month to complete.

                    Change your address to a UPS lock box (not in your city). This gives you a regular address, not a PO Box.

                    Once your name change is processed update your driver's license to your new name and address.

                    Also update your Social security and tax info by filling out Form SS-5 at your local social security office.

                    Wait a month or so.

                    When you claim the prize, never do a press conference. They will release your new name, city and prize amount to the public.

                    If they require a press conference, have a lawyer speak on your behalf, but never step foot in front of those cameras.

                    Don't change your spending habits for awhile.

                    ***If someone told you that you could be a multi-millionaire, but you had to wait 6 months before spending any of the money and follow a plan.. Would you do it??  I would in a second***

                    I think I'll change my name to I.M.Anonymous and see if the Iowa Lottery will pay me ~;)

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                      Posted: April 24, 2012, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                      That is the most ridiculous law to make public record your name when you hit the big jackpot.  Now your name and soon to be your address will be available to every hoodlum in your state.  You would need to change your name and go into hiding.

                      This is why we have: the 2nd Amendment, Concealed Carry Permits & The Castle Doctrine!

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                        That depends on what their rules are for claiming by trust.

                        What I initially posted is WHAT they've indicated their rules to be. These are their rules for claiming a prize anonymously.

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                          Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. You can lock the ticket away in a bible in a safe until after you change your name. If you told nobody (which you're suppose to do) then no one will know it is there. Here is the order:

                          Change your name to a common name - takes about a month to complete.

                          Change your address to a UPS lock box (not in your city). This gives you a regular address, not a PO Box.

                          Once your name change is processed update your driver's license to your new name and address.

                          Also update your Social security and tax info by filling out Form SS-5 at your local social security office.

                          Wait a month or so.

                          When you claim the prize, never do a press conference. They will release your new name, city and prize amount to the public.

                          If they require a press conference, have a lawyer speak on your behalf, but never step foot in front of those cameras.

                          Don't change your spending habits for awhile.

                          ***If someone told you that you could be a multi-millionaire, but you had to wait 6 months before spending any of the money and follow a plan.. Would you do it??  I would in a second***

                          White Lion...you font like some one who may have had some experience with winning the lottery Wink.  I think your idea is 100% valid, I will definitely mention it to an attorney and just see what other unknown ramifications there may be! I have a friend who recently changed his name and the process was very straight forward!  Thanks again for the info!!!

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                            As long as the name change is not fraudulent in nature, then it's perfectly legal. I simply don't understand some people's decisions to go public.  At the end of the day, you should do everything in your power to protect yourself. Because lets face it, if you win and go public, everyone is out to try and get a piece of your winnings. I simply don't understand how people who didn't win feel like they have a right or are entitled to someone elses winnings. If a family member of mine won, I wouldn't expect a dime. If they send me some money that's wonderful, but at the end of the day they won, not me.

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                              As long as the name change is not fraudulent in nature, then it's perfectly legal. I simply don't understand some people's decisions to go public.  At the end of the day, you should do everything in your power to protect yourself. Because lets face it, if you win and go public, everyone is out to try and get a piece of your winnings. I simply don't understand how people who didn't win feel like they have a right or are entitled to someone elses winnings. If a family member of mine won, I wouldn't expect a dime. If they send me some money that's wonderful, but at the end of the day they won, not me.

                              I Agree!

                              But I don't understand how changing your name before you collect your winnigs will help you be anonymous.The public would still know your new name as soon as you collect your winnings so you wouldn't be anonymous anymore.Seems to me that it would just be an exercise in futility.

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