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$350 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars

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Posted: May 13, 2013, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

I actually thought about that the other day. If the $587M PB hadn't been claimed. I'm fairly certain it would have gotten there in the next 2-3 rollovers. People had been going crazy with ticket purchases. 

Unfortunately, I also realized that person(s) would have had the biggest target on them safety wise. Unless the states made an exception, not being anonymous to claim it would have been begging for trouble. Winners have been shot, poisoned, threatened with kidnapping for jackpots much much less than that. I really believe a billion dollar winner would have to keep 24/hr bodyguard protection from the moment the ticket is claimed until the day they died. Family and close friends would have been at risk as well for kidnapping and extortion attempts. 

Which brings me to my question. If you ever won a jackpot large enough to be detrimental to your life, can you (after wining) move to a state that allows for anonymous claimants and claim your winnings there? I know that it's set up that no matter where you move to you still have to pay taxes in the state you lived in at the time of the ticket purchase. But can someone establish residency in a state for claiming purposes only? Or must you claim it in the state you won?

I would claim it in a trust, and if they require me to do a press conference then I'm showing up with a disguise on.

You can also change your name before you claim the ticket. I believe name changes are public record but who in the hell is going to go through that much trouble to expose your true name in the press? Well I guess I shouldn't ask that considering I remember reading an article on here from a writer that stalked a lotto winner to a dating website.

But those are the things you can do to remain anonymous. Trust/Name change/Disguise.

With that said, there are people with much more money and much more publicity, and they seem to remain safe. Move into a safe and well guarded neighborhood, and just don't put yourself into stupid situations.

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    Posted: May 13, 2013, 11:52 pm - IP Logged

    <snip>. In that case, no. I wouldn't want to win a billion dollars. $350-$550M will work just fine Wink

    There'd be a $1 Billion Dead Man Walking sign on my back if I did. It would probably freak me out. Family members would be nothing but ransom money to some greedy desperate person. 

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    Not all states require a winner to attend the media event. Just say no to the media event or if you have to attend the event, wear a wig, sunglasses and grow a thick beard or come up with your own disguise. Technically you attended the event. Then have your lawyer do all the talking.

    If you have a common enough surname, you can always tell people who meet you and ask if you are the Teddi Smith who won, "no, I'm not the Teddi Smith you saw in the news, that's some other Teddi Smith but not me"

    Personally, I'm not too worried, I'd sign up to win a jackpot in a heartbeat.

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      Posted: May 14, 2013, 9:53 am - IP Logged

      I would claim it in a trust, and if they require me to do a press conference then I'm showing up with a disguise on.

      You can also change your name before you claim the ticket. I believe name changes are public record but who in the hell is going to go through that much trouble to expose your true name in the press? Well I guess I shouldn't ask that considering I remember reading an article on here from a writer that stalked a lotto winner to a dating website.

      But those are the things you can do to remain anonymous. Trust/Name change/Disguise.

      With that said, there are people with much more money and much more publicity, and they seem to remain safe. Move into a safe and well guarded neighborhood, and just don't put yourself into stupid situations.

       Claiming in a trust is the best idea. Here in Texas, we can't claim anonymously, sad. I know how much us LP players enjoy playing the lottery. In this day and age where you hear astonishing things happening in the news, all you want to do is HIDE from any nosy reporters. We don't need our loved ones put in danger and we would likely prefer not to end up being targets to undesirable individuals.


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        Posted: May 14, 2013, 10:03 am - IP Logged

        Since I live in California I am relatively new to the PB scene. Does the jackpot usually jump this much when it gets this high, or did us Cali players contribute to a bigger jump?

        All I know is CA needs to buy more tickets if they want to win.

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          Posted: May 14, 2013, 11:26 am - IP Logged

          I think players forgot about Mega Millions, when it failed to break $100 million annuity for over seven months.

          Unhappy ohhh brother!!!

          No one forgot about Mega Miliions!

          Why is it that when one game jackpot rises, you think players suddenly forget about the other big game?

          Mega Millions was the first game to grow the highest jackpot and it was posted at that time

          everyone forgot about PowerBall.

          No one forgets, players always have one eye on either game, the highest jackpot gets the most

          attention.

          ...the secret to Luck is never to trust it...

          2012 wins:$20 loss:$200  2013 wins:$100 loss:$270  2014 wins:$360 loss:$273 

          2015 wins:$0 loss:$53  2016 Jan $0/$15.00 Feb $0/$2.50 Mar $0/$4.00 April $0/$0 May $0/$0

          June $0/$0 July $0/$0 Aug $0/$0 Sep $0/$0 Oct $0/$0

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            Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

            Be careful for what you wish for.  You might just get it.  This is so true about winning the lottery.  There will be some bad things that will happen and some awesome things too.  You should expect some media attention, and people wanting money from you.  You might need to move, change your phone number, and be more guarded.  You might lose some friendships.  But, I am an optimist and believe winning the lottery really is a dream come true.  You can be happy!!!  Banana   

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              Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

              <snip>. In that case, no. I wouldn't want to win a billion dollars. $350-$550M will work just fine Wink

              There'd be a $1 Billion Dead Man Walking sign on my back if I did. It would probably freak me out. Family members would be nothing but ransom money to some greedy desperate person. 

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              LOL

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                Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                All I know is CA needs to buy more tickets if they want to win.

                AZ should buy more tickets I Agree!

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                  Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

                  Well hats off to you. I applaud your stance. Nothing more irritating to me than the people who win the huge jackpots who then turnaround and complain about it endlessly, keep their jobs and never enjoy it. I always wonder why those people bother to play. It's one of the great mysteries of life. A riddle for the sphinx. If you only want enough to take care of your bills, more pwer to you. PB and MM would be a waste.

                  But for the rest of us who do play in the hopes of hitting it big, maybe we have a large, close knit family we would like to help out. Maybe we know someone in desperate need of expensive medical care. Friends who've lost their jobs and are down on their luck. Children with no money for college. A high school needing books, computers, science equipment. Maybe for those of us who have situations like these in our lives, a 100M jackpot would work out better than a $10M. Dreaming big isn't always about greed or selfishness. Don't scoff or deride others without knowing what they want it for.

                  It sounds like you have a lot of awesome unselfish plans for when you win!!!  I hope you win a 100M or more soon!!!

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                    I am already aware of what freindships im likely to lose.  Im sure there will be a few suprises. And I already know who i will be buying cars for. apart from budgetting i dont see much to do oh and shopping.

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                    keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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                      Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

                      I actually thought about that the other day. If the $587M PB hadn't been claimed. I'm fairly certain it would have gotten there in the next 2-3 rollovers. People had been going crazy with ticket purchases. 

                      Unfortunately, I also realized that person(s) would have had the biggest target on them safety wise. Unless the states made an exception, not being anonymous to claim it would have been begging for trouble. Winners have been shot, poisoned, threatened with kidnapping for jackpots much much less than that. I really believe a billion dollar winner would have to keep 24/hr bodyguard protection from the moment the ticket is claimed until the day they died. Family and close friends would have been at risk as well for kidnapping and extortion attempts. 

                      Which brings me to my question. If you ever won a jackpot large enough to be detrimental to your life, can you (after wining) move to a state that allows for anonymous claimants and claim your winnings there? I know that it's set up that no matter where you move to you still have to pay taxes in the state you lived in at the time of the ticket purchase. But can someone establish residency in a state for claiming purposes only? Or must you claim it in the state you won?

                      Unfortunately, no.  I did some research on this, including writing a couple of letters.

                      It seemed to me also, that if the games are multi-state, you should be able to buy your ticket anywhere, then cash it in anywhere.  Nope.  Apparently, the states have different computer systems that do not talk to each other.  You have to claim in the same state that you bought the ticket in.

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                          Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:23 pm - IP Logged

                           Claiming in a trust is the best idea. Here in Texas, we can't claim anonymously, sad. I know how much us LP players enjoy playing the lottery. In this day and age where you hear astonishing things happening in the news, all you want to do is HIDE from any nosy reporters. We don't need our loved ones put in danger and we would likely prefer not to end up being targets to undesirable individuals.

                          Texas has "Limited Publicity" as an option. I believe that at least means no interview, no picture and/or no last name, and possibly blind trust claimants. But I don't know for sure. I'd have the lawyers figure that one out. Being single and living alone (except for critters and my Glock) I'd be okay with just first name and home town, no picture, no interview.

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                            Posted: May 14, 2013, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

                            <snip>. In that case, no. I wouldn't want to win a billion dollars. $350-$550M will work just fine Wink

                            There'd be a $1 Billion Dead Man Walking sign on my back if I did. It would probably freak me out. Family members would be nothing but ransom money to some greedy desperate person. 

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                            Actually if you want to end up with a net payout of $350M you most likely need to hit a billion dollar jackpot.  A $350 million jackpot will net you roughly $130 million after all tax obligations are finalized. The 25% Federal tax initially withheld is just the beginning...you will owe PLENTY more by April, 2014

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                              Posted: May 14, 2013, 11:58 pm - IP Logged

                              It sounds like you have a lot of awesome unselfish plans for when you win!!!  I hope you win a 100M or more soon!!!

                              LMAO. PlayToWin47, you're my new best friend. DanceThanks for the positive vibes.

                              I really do have some people that in my life right now that it is physically hurting me not to be able to help. My grandfather lost everything he spent 40 years building to a conman, right when he was about to retire and pass the business to his sons. 

                              And all the people he helped through the years, with college tuitions, car payments, downpayments on their homes, those leeches all disappeared overnight. His sons said they won't help him because he was stupid enough to get scammed and now they have nothing that they had counted on getting from him. They forget he bought them their houses. Now he's suffered a stroke, and my mother and one of her sisters are paying for his care and medical bills. I want to buy back his house and get a full time nurse there so he can live his remaining days in comfort and in the home he loved so much.

                              Plus my godmother's cancer is back. I would love for her not to worry about the bills on top of chemo. 2 friends lost their jobs and have been struggling to stay afloat. Stuff like that.

                              I'm no saint, I want to get the big house, the car(s) the shopping trips to Saks. I want to travel to watch Usain Bolt run live and in the flesh. But I want those close to me to be ok and not have money issues be burden on them any more.