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Lottery officials say identifying winners a must

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Posted: January 21, 2016, 10:04 am - IP Logged

Your posts may be the most entertaining on here...but you do spend a lot of time talking about 1 how well-prepared you are and not scared of anything,  2 how big lottery winners have nothing to fear unless they already have problems because all that moola will make them very happy :) 

You do make some good points, but then you kinda say one thing, then another...but I can relate lol :)

IMHO, it's good to admit to yourself that maybe you may have problems if you win mega $$'s, and it may be good to keep that in mind....I have heard that many very wise souls say that money isn't evil, but it is the major cause thereof....meaning, a lack of $$ causes many problems, but so does an abundance, because it often causes people to think that they have it made and get all puffed up about themselves - and many also become callous of those in need...and also, it allows people to pursue all the things like partying, sex, etc....look at many celebs...like Robin Williams said: Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you make too much money, lol :)

Me, I am not so sure how I would really handle it, I like to think I would be fine, and be able to help family, etc...but I have seen first-hand how it can change people for the worst, so who knows but God how I would do. (yep, I personally know at least 3 people that I knew when I was young that became millionaires, 1 my childhood bestfriend (big $$ lawyer who had stock in a local bank that got bought out - cha ching, his dad too).....2 of them lost it- one of those was this All-American boy who you would have never believed it but became addicted to coke (that guy actually died of cancer)...my old BF is mostly in Mexico as far as I know, but we don't have the same social circle (I have no circle actually) :)

And, just how do you know the Wests are doing great? Not saying they aren't, or Gloria, but you don't know one way or the other....you also used that Stafford lady as an example of someone handling a big JP well, until it turned out she didn't :)

Still, if I had my druthers, I still think I could do well....but who really knows the truth of it until it happens.

I just tell it like it is, and no I never used Stafford as an example. I used her, Jack, and David as BAD examples. I assume the Wests are doing great because we have not heard any major news saying otherwise. I don't see any bankrupt shows or lottery horror stories and we know the the news is quick to post them when they do happen. But the reality is most have no major issues or we would hear about it. Location and who you know plays huge factors also. I live in a great area and stay secluded which is how I like it. I have nothing to hide when I win but I also see no reason why I would post personal info online if it is not necessary. That would just be "stupid" and asking for trouble even if it is unlikely to happen. But I would not go into hiding because I won the lottery either.

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    Does anyone know where I can go on the internet and read about trusts within trusts? 

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      Interestingly enough, a republican in the GA state legislature proposed a bill that would allow lotto winners in GA to remain anonymous BUT they would have to forK over an additional 25% of their win to the state for this privledge.  I heard this on the radio and don't have a link.  I'm all for anonymous claiming of jackpots but not state funded extortion like that.

      just Google Georgia Lottery anonymous and some of the links that appear talk about the GA 25% of your jackpot to stay anonymous. Not much details though.

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        I can see both sides of the argument. The best way to go may be a 90 day delay on releasing the info, at least give the winner some time to move, hire security, whatever they need to do.

        This idea is the next best thing besides receiving anonymity. I like it.

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          Posted: January 21, 2016, 10:39 am - IP Logged

          I couldn't disagree more with the stance of these lottery commissions.

          Auditor's can verify there is a winner.

           

          There are a lot of solutions for a winner.

          Moving to another part of the country.

          Legally changing one's name.

          Winner's should not have to do these things but that is the way it is.

          If I win, I am not telling anyone including friends.  Only trusted family members would find out.

          I like this idea. Thanks.

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            Hey it's cool, you have your lotto dream. I do think winning a big JP might be a good thing--financial security, not having to slave away, and for me, scramble all the time to make ends meet. But pretty sure there is a downside too....but I'm with you, I think I'd do alright--I am pretty sure I wouldn't go buy one of those mansions like Tom Brady or other NFL guys I saw online...but

            You might think you wouldn't go into hiding, but maybe you would afterwards. You just don't know - money does strange things to people. So, hold onto your dream. I will say adieu from this forum. And still probably buy my $5-10 of tickets. :)


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              Posted: January 22, 2016, 8:54 am - IP Logged

              Most states have different policies on the amount of info they release on a winner.  A few will only release first and last name, so if you are a "John Smith" or something like that you can remain perfectly anonymous.  However, some states will require a photo of you with a check & release your full name, street address, date of birth, and possibly even social security number.  States like that leave winners open not only to physical danger, but also identity theft!

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                Most states have different policies on the amount of info they release on a winner.  A few will only release first and last name, so if you are a "John Smith" or something like that you can remain perfectly anonymous.  However, some states will require a photo of you with a check & release your full name, street address, date of birth, and possibly even social security number.  States like that leave winners open not only to physical danger, but also identity theft!

                Could you let me know which states give out your SS#

                Just want to make sure I don't play there.

                Thanks in advance.

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                  Interestingly enough, a republican in the GA state legislature proposed a bill that would allow lotto winners in GA to remain anonymous BUT they would have to forK over an additional 25% of their win to the state for this privledge.  I heard this on the radio and don't have a link.  I'm all for anonymous claiming of jackpots but not state funded extortion like that.

                  I saw that online a few weeks ago. Looks apealing but seems kinda high. a 100 million jackpot, yeah but the base payout of powerball or megamillions, nah not worth it. If it passes in Ga, I think there are gonna be bills in the rest if the states when they do some number crunching.

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                    Could you let me know which states give out your SS#

                    Just want to make sure I don't play there.

                    Thanks in advance.

                    No state gives out your SS#. You should know better than to pay attention to somebody who's so incredibly stupid.

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                      Truth be told the lotteries do not need to identify the winners for the games to sell and draw players to spend their money. People are playing lotteries everyday trying too win something not just the big ones and not all winners are required to show themselves unless they want too on smaller prizes in some states. I think that anyone in any state that wins millions should stay anonymous for their own privacy for whatever reasons but when someone that knows the winners use such excuses as long lost cousin you have not seen in years, best friend, we go way back remember, or you know i have helped you what about me and the list goes on and then there are the loan companies and banks trying to get you to take all kinds of offers and saying no one time is not going stop them from calling. You can change your name your phone number move to a different town city or state where no one knows you and that still wont help because there are ways around everything with people search sites to paying a lawyer to find out information. To be identified is a absolute lie to keep players playing and the games honest and deter cheaters when the lotteries have already put security measures in place to identify the winning tickets and the lotteries have been suspected at rigging the games for a long time. To sum it up it should be the winners free will to be identified or not; not a law to keep players playing. People play because they want to win some extra money not because somebody else won.

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                        Posted: January 22, 2016, 7:02 pm - IP Logged

                        Wouldn't it be enough for states to simply state your 1st name + last initial and county you live in + place purchased

                        Of instance

                        Matt , S - Cook purchased at (Insert business here)

                        Offer winners a chance to take part in a picture/press conference no matter size of pot. Some smaller winners will gladly interview


                        Or lotto's could release name/info of winners 3 months after prize has been paid out ,, Thus allowed person plenty of time to get affairs in order such as moving/etc

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                          I propose that all lottery games make it official that they must wait 180 days after the jackpot has been claimed before publicizing the winner's name and address.

                          By doing so, this would allow the winners time to sell their homes and move. Most lottery winners would need access to their jackpot winnings before they would be able to move. I mean, even if you know where you would move if you won, you would still need to travel to your new location for home viewings. There are many things to consider. Moving is stressful and expensive.
                          Some jackpot winners need time to realise that they have to quit their former jobs and possibly move. I believe 180 days after claiming is plenty of time for winners to implement whatever security measures that may be necessary to keep themselves safe, even for those who may refuse to move.

                          The Lottery could then change it so that  lottery winners have only 60 days to claim then once claimed, will be given 180 days anonymity before their name and address (the address they were residing at when they won), is made public.

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                            I propose that all lottery games make it official that they must wait 180 days after the jackpot has been claimed before publicizing the winner's name and address.

                            By doing so, this would allow the winners time to sell their homes and move. Most lottery winners would need access to their jackpot winnings before they would be able to move. I mean, even if you know where you would move if you won, you would still need to travel to your new location for home viewings. There are many things to consider. Moving is stressful and expensive.
                            Some jackpot winners need time to realise that they have to quit their former jobs and possibly move. I believe 180 days after claiming is plenty of time for winners to implement whatever security measures that may be necessary to keep themselves safe, even for those who may refuse to move.

                            The Lottery could then change it so that  lottery winners have only 60 days to claim then once claimed, will be given 180 days anonymity before their name and address (the address they were residing at when they won), is made public.

                            Conehead sounds like a bright idea

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                              Posted: January 24, 2016, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

                              Give out your SS number?? Who the hell told you that? No one gives that out because someone could steal your identity. It is common knowledge that is kept hidden for a reason, at least I thought it was. People just make up crap on here and try and make it all much worse than it actually is. Probably because they don't want you playing it so they have better chances of winning.