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Lottery veterans question Tennessee family's behavior before claiming Powerball winnings

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Posted: January 16, 2016, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

If my lawyer gave me that advice I would have FIRED him on the spot. BIG mistake folks I'm glad for them but something tells me we haven't heard the last of these folks.!

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     The winners should take up to six months or a year before getting the ticket validated. 

     Jason Kurland, The Lottery Lawyer, can be found on You Tube.

     The winners should interview at least three lawyers. The first one will seem to be the best fit but go ahead and interview two more. Or more than three.

     I have posted on many past topics about hiring legal, financial, health counselors. You have the money now. Try to be smart about your new life.

     www.lotterypost.com and www.usamega.com should be a daily read for lottery winners.

     I just read about a past lottery winner of $112 mil who recently declared bankruptcy. She split the jackpot with her Dad and brother but was living like she had the whole amount to spend. Sad, very sad.

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      Hopefully when the other 2 winners come forward these people will drop from the limelight.

      And everyone can leave them alone and let them enjoy their winnings.

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        Hopefully when the other 2 winners come forward these people will drop from the limelight.

        And everyone can leave them alone and let them enjoy their winnings.

        That is exactly what will happen, too. Congratulations to the family, but people will not care or remember them in a couple of months anyway. Only the folks who are after their money will care and that was gonna happen anyway. Live and let live is my opinion on this one.

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          Could it be that the lawyer gave this advice in order to get publicity for himself?

          May the balls bounce in your favor!

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            Could it be that the lawyer gave this advice in order to get publicity for himself?

            That's what I'm thinking. But anyone with common sense will steer clear of this attorney Hit With Stick

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              Yeah. You're talking about Cynthia Stafford. I thought she'd be smart with the money because she seemed to have a good head on her shoulders. I feel sorry for the kids.

              May the balls bounce in your favor!

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                Hopefully when the other 2 winners come forward these people will drop from the limelight.

                And everyone can leave them alone and let them enjoy their winnings.

                After the bad move they made, I doubt they will fade anytime soon as potential 'targets' to everyone with an outstretched hand.  No, I think they will be hounded for a very long time.

                The other two winners will probably make their claims through layers of trusts and/or LLCs.  It has only been 3 days, but I hope they are getting their ducks in a row before making their claims.

                I read somewhere that if your State requires that your name be published, you can go to court and ask a judge to grant you permission to remain anonymous because you feel that your life would be in jeopardy if revealed.  If there was ever a time to feel vulnerable, I would think it would be making a claim for $328,000,000!  The lottery can't release your name if a judge grants you permission.

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                  Posted: January 16, 2016, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

                  I'd go live in Amish country for awhile. They definitely haven't heard of you.

                  May the balls bounce in your favor!

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                    I watched the interview on the "Today Show" and one of the last questions went something like " John, you have security protection? " And John said " Oh, yes." That's the first thing I would get, if I won it big in the lottery. One more thing, I noticed after John Robinson was showing that $500 million+ winning Powerball ticket in his hand, putting it in his left front pants pocket! Wow. Another thing, when the reporters were asking questions to the Robinson's, they never ask the question " John, you did sign that winning ticket,right? " Sound like a dumb question but in all that excitement of winning, you never know. I'll bet the Robinson's got a security protection force you would never believe, waiting to pounce on anybody who would come near their family!, lol.

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                      I watched the interview on the "Today Show" and one of the last questions went something like " John, you have security protection? " And John said " Oh, yes." That's the first thing I would get, if I won it big in the lottery. One more thing, I noticed after John Robinson was showing that $500 million+ winning Powerball ticket in his hand, putting it in his left front pants pocket! Wow. Another thing, when the reporters were asking questions to the Robinson's, they never ask the question " John, you did sign that winning ticket,right? " Sound like a dumb question but in all that excitement of winning, you never know. I'll bet the Robinson's got a security protection force you would never believe, waiting to pounce on anybody who would come near their family!, lol.

                      When he pulled out the ticket, it can be seen that it was signed.

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                        Posted: January 16, 2016, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                        Honestly,I do not see anything wrong with Tennesse Jackpot winners!

                        They wanted to use the opportunity to be well known people in the globe.They knew the whole World was asking one question "Who are the most luckiest People on earth?"

                        I Agree! and most of the comments are from people that never won a jackpot but think they are experts. They appear to be suffering from "jackpot envy".

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                          California and Florida winners should learn from mistakes made by Tennessee winners

                          Godspeed, John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tenn. 

                          The 50-somethings may have been Average Joes a day ago, but not after Friday morning when they revealed themselves on national television as big time winners in this week's record-breaking lottery.

                          The Robinsons' decision to fly to New York City to appear on NBC's "Today" show several hours before claiming their stake in the Powerball jackpot left some lottery veterans uneasy about the couple's exposure.

                          "It's a good example of what not to do," said Jason Kurland, a New York attorney who has represented several jackpot winners.

                          "I definitely would not have recommended that — very ill-advised for a number of reasons," Karen Gerstner, a Houston attorney who has worked with 48 lottery winners, said in an email. "Now, every long-lost relative and friend will approach them with a sob story, asking for money, and all the 'financial crooks' will come after them."

                          The Robinsons, along with their adult daughter, Tiffany Robinson, and Memphis attorney Joe Townsend and his daughter, Eileen Townsend, appeared on the morning news show where John Robinson pulled a folded lottery ticket from his shirt pocket and told a national TV audience that he was one of three winners of Wednesday's world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

                          "Shocking," said Danielle Mayoras, a Michigan estate planning attorney and co-author of the bookTrial & Heirs. "Putting it out there on the 'Today' show before you even make the claim, before you even get everything in order, was extremely surprising. It really put the lottery ticket as well as the family at risk."

                          To collect their riches — a lump sum of nearly $328 million after taxes — the Robinsons needed to go the lottery office in Nashville, which they did after leaving New York.

                          "Flying back and forth to New York when you have to submit the ticket and make the claim in Tennessee may not be the best idea," Mayoras told Yahoo News. "Whether you're carrying around a Powerball-winning ticket or not, we all know when you go to a big city there's things that can happen. People lose things, and traveling and everything else."

                          "Today" anchor Savannah Guthrie even seemed surprised by the Robinsons' desire to make a big splash.

                          "Why, though, did you decide not to go to the lottery officials yet and come to us first?" Guthrie asked during the interview.

                          "Well actually, it was his idea," replied John Robinson, pointing to his attorney, who was standing behind him.

                          Townsend, a longtime Memphis bankruptcy and divorce lawyer, explained how he enlisted his daughter, a local writer who covers the Memphis arts scene, to call NBC and get them on the "Today" show. Eileen Townsend described how she Google-searched NBC's phone number and talked her way past the switchboard.

                          "They were rightly a little bit suspicious," Eileen said. "We talked through it and decided to make it happen."

                          Townsend, wearing a suit and bright orange tie, said the Manhattan media appearance only 33 hours after the lottery drawing was his way of trying to control the Robinsons' story.

                          "I think the American public wants to hear from them," Townsend said on the show. "Even though they want to be private after this is over, they want to, you know, let the public know that they're the winners."

                          But the publicity plan appears to have backfired somewhat. Reporters raced to Munford, a bedroom community of 6,000 north of Memphis, to interview the Robinsons' friends and family.

                          Neighbor Mary Sue Smith told the Memphis Commerical Appeal that Lisa Robinson, 53, had called after stepping off the "Today" set to request a favor.

                          "They were asking us to put up some 'No trespassing' signs in their yard," Smith said.

                          Within hours, a handful of people had shared a 2014 family photo from Lisa Robinson's Facebook page.

                          "This is the family in Munford that won the Power Ball Jackpot," a woman in Mississippi wrote on Facebook. "CONGRATS TO YOU."

                          The City of Munford also celebrated the Robinsons' windfall with a number of posts on its Facebook page. While most residents congratulated the family, a few couldn't resist the opportunity to offer suggestions.

                          "So happy for you," one woman wrote in a comment. "Sorry, can't help myself — please remember Tipton County Animal Shelter can always use a helping hand. Many wonderful furbabies there."

                          Kurland, who has represented winners of $254 million and $336 million Powerball jackpots, said he advises his clients to scrub their social media accounts and have a plan to disappear for several days once they claim their fortunes. But John Robinson, a warehouse supervisor, and Lisa Robinson, who works at a doctor's office, both said they planned to be at their jobs Monday morning.

                          "The rest of your life, people are going to be looking for handouts and asking questions and trying to hit you up for charities and investment opportunities," Kurland told Yahoo News. "I think it's going to hit them hard when they realize how famous, at least for 15 minutes, they've now become, when they could have controlled that a little bit more."

                          The Robinsons, who made it back to Tennessee to submit their winning ticket Friday afternoon, could have taken up to six months to redeem their prize. Tennessee Lottery rules also permit jackpots to be claimed in the name of a trust for more privacy.

                          "The short time between the day you win and the day you claim is your last chance at any normalcy," said Kurland, who offers a checklist of first steps on TheLotteryLawyer.com. "So you're better off sitting back and thinking about what you want to do, how to properly effectuate your estate planning, rather than parading around on the 'Today' show."

                          At a press conference Friday afternoon in Nashville, John Robinson, a warehouse supervisor, and his wife, who works at a doctor's office, said they hoped the family could now enjoy their good fortune in peace.

                          "We're common people," John, 58, said. "We're just like y'all are."

                          "... and ask that our privacy is respected," Lisa added.

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                          I don't see anything wrong in this. It's their money and decision to do what they want to do with their way they claim their prize or exposing they are the winners on national television. If it were me, I probably would have did the press conference or news interview to get it OVER with because the news media will dig into their personal lives and stalk the winners to get the exclusive interview. BETTER TO GET IT OVER WITH and spin the story the way you want before the media does, plus now the big focus is on the Florida and Cali winner.

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                            The issue is not that they went to the Today Show. The issue is that they went to the Today Show FIRST, before going to the Tennessee Lottery HQ.

                            It is completely illogical.

                            It's like me having a cavity and instead of going to the Dentist I  go to a Beauty Salon first .Idea

                             

                            The commentaries on here have nothing to do with envy

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                              The issue is not that they went to the Today Show. The issue is that they went to the Today Show FIRST, before going to the Tennessee Lottery HQ.

                              It is completely illogical.

                              It's like me having a cavity and instead of going to the Dentist I  go to a Beauty Salon first .Idea

                               

                              The commentaries on here have nothing to do with envy

                              I agree very much. They went the wrong route and I am afraid it WILL bite them in the a$$. Tennessee has a privacy policy and should have took it.

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