Lottery officials say identifying winners a must
States wrestle with winners' privacy vs. integrity of games
In the California lottery handbook for winners, officials offer a few suggestions to newly minted millionaires. Change your number. Stop answering your phone. And find a reputable financial adviser.
That's because along with the money comes 15 minutes of fame as the names of winners are required to be made public in California and many other states.
All eyes are on the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills, where one of three ticke ...
Jan 19, 2016, 12:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery veterans question Tennessee family's behavior before claiming Powerball winnings
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 lo ...
Jan 16, 2016, 2:58 pm - Lottery News forum
$50 million Lotto Max winners finally revealed after 2-year fight to remain anonymous
The winners of the $50 million Canada Lotto Max ticket, sold in Langley, British Columbia, in March, 2014, say they will be continuing with their lives, like normal.
Friedrich Mayrhofer, 67, his wife, Annand, and his son, Eric, have been named as the claimants of the prize only the second $50 million jackpot in B.C. history.
The family tried to stay anonymous and claim the prize, but that's against British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) rules.
The winning ticket was presented to of ...
Dec 18, 2015, 6:24 pm - Lottery News forum
$144M Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee claimed by trust
By Todd Northrop
The second largest prize and fourth Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee was claimed today at the Tennessee Lottery's Nashville headquarters.
The $144.1 million ticket, purchased at Hobson Tobacco and Beer, 2216 Hobson Pike in Antioch, was claimed by the Avondale Revocable Trust.
Winners of big jackpots sometimes use trusts as a way to avoid having their names appear in the media. (See More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously, Lottery Post, Nov. 29, ...
Dec 3, 2015, 4:05 pm - Lottery News forum
More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously
A $1 million scratch ticket was recently sold in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, but despite regulations requiring the Massachusetts State Lottery to disclose big winners we may never know who purchased the winning ticket.
In a picture published on the Lottery's website announcing the winning, it is not the winner accepting the prize money. Instead, it is Brady McDevitt, an attorney and the trustee of The Apple Nominee Trust of Milton.
McDevitt was able to accept the check as a trustee on the ...
Nov 29, 2015, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winner gives store clerk his car
Generous winner remains anonymous
Paying it forward is the plan for a loyal Michigan Lottery player from Otsego County who won a $13.1 million Lotto 47 jackpot.
The man, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the numbers drawn in Wednesday night's Lotto 47 drawing 1, 6, 25, 32, 34, and 41 to win the $13.1 million jackpot. The prize is the fourth largest Lotto 47 jackpot ever won.
He bought his winning ticket at DerMiner's Parkside Market, located at 7131 Old Highway 27 South in Gaylord. ...
Jul 30, 2015, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winners could remain anonymous under House bill
You've heard the touching stories: a waitress, retiree or unemployed worker hits the jackpot and wins the state lottery.
Under a bill approved by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform committee on a 13-2 vote Wednesday, those stories would probably disappear because all lottery winners would be able to remain anonymous.
The bill would prohibit the state lottery office from disclosing information about an individual who won any lottery prize unless that winner authorizes the release of infor ...
May 14, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Texas legislature to consider lottery winner anonymity bill
What a turnaround.
In the 2013 session the Texas House passed a bill aimed at abolishing the state lottery.
But after some soul-searching mainly confronted with the fact the state would lose $1.1 billion a year for public education some representatives who wanted to eliminate the Texas Lottery Commission reversed their vote, in essence resuscitating the game.
Now House members may go a step further.
On Tuesday the 150-member chamber will consider a bill that would allow winners of mo ...
May 9, 2015, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lottery winner fighting to remain anonymous
The winner of a $50 million lottery who waited a year to collect the prize and has still not been named more than a month later is fighting for the right to remain anonymous.
The person doesn't want to be identified as the winner of the March 16, 2014, Lotto Max prize, a source who didn't want to be named said, despite a clear statement by the British Columbia Lottery Corp. (BCLC) that anyone buying a ticket must allow their name and photo to be published before collecting a prize.
The win ...
Apr 27, 2015, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery windfalls can buy anything except anonymity
Former Canadian lottery winners say lucky ticket holder should prepare for wave of unwanted attention
The hucksters started calling only hours after Brenda Schley's good fortune was announced.
Strange cars turned up outside her Clearwater, B.C., home. Then strangers began rubbing the 57-year-old for luck.
And that win only involved $1.75 million.
It's almost scary, says Schley, a year after matching six out of six numbers on a Lotto 6/49 draw.
We had to leave the house for abo ...
Mar 12, 2015, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum