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
Bill would allow N.C. lottery winners to remain anonymous
Lottery players in North Carolina who win big money in the games from a Powerball jackpot to a $600 scratch-off ticket win can't keep it a secret.
State law says the names of lottery winners and what they won are public information.
But a House bill set for a hearing Wednesday would change that, requiring confidentiality unless the winners consent to having their information released.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County, said he's concerned current technology makes it ...
Mar 4, 2015, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow Texas Lottery winners to pay for anonymity
Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow big lottery winners to keep their identity a secret, but they would have to pay for that privilege.
Right now, Texas Lottery winners are not allowed to remain anonymous. In some cases, individuals have established a trust or turned their winning ticket over to a trust to claim the prize for them. But, Texas law requires that someone come forward to participate in a news conference and collect the money.
House Bill 1504 would change th ...
Feb 18, 2015, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
Chinese lottery winner claims jackpot in bear costume
Includes video report
To pick up his giant check worth 520 million yuan (US$84.8 million) in lottery winnings, a Shanxi man disguised himself in a silly cartoon bear costume yesterday morning, providing perhaps the most delightful-looking press conference of the year.
The 520 million RMB issued by Shanxi province's welfare lottery is the third largest jackpot handed out in Chinese history (though not the highest handed to a bear). The winner said that he spent between 20,000 to 30,000 RMB ...
Oct 14, 2014, 7:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Largest instant prize in Mass. lottery history claimed by trust
The first $15 million grand prize in the Mass. State Lottery's $30 World Class Millions instant game has been claimed.
According to Christian Teja of the Mass. State Lottery, the BWE Nominee Trust of Marblehead claimed the money. The trust was represented by trustees Andrew G. Christensen and Stephen J. Farrar.
This is the largest instant scratch and win prize ever awarded in Mass. Lottery history. The trust chose the cash option and received a one-time payment of $9,750,000, less taxes.
Jul 30, 2014, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions jackpot winner claims prize
Winner chose to remain anonymous
Lucky retailer earned $100,000 bonus
The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in Maryland history was quietly claimed late last week.
The lucky Marylander bought one of the two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot. A Florida couple last week claimed the second ticket, which was sold in their state. (See Florida couple, nearly penniless, claim half of $414M lottery jackpot, Lottery Post, May 1, 2014.)
May 6, 2014, 11:15 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. lawmaker wants to give lottery winners right to remain anonymous
A Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, lawmaker unveiled legislation Friday that would allow lottery winners to keep their identities hidden from the public.
State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-58, Monessen, said he believes the proposal would help lottery winners avoid the pitfalls that have plagued many past prize winners, from alleged murder attempts to thefts and scams.
I think providing this option is necessary, Harhai said in a statement. In particular, multi-state lottery jackpots can reach int ...
Dec 8, 2013, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland $189M Mega Millions winner claims prize
Chooses to remain anonymous
The winner of Maryland's $189 million Mega Millions jackpot is no longer a mystery, although their identity remains so.
The Maryland Lottery announced Friday that the winner has come forward and has chosen to remain anonymous. He hid his ticket in an unplugged lamp for over a week until driving through pouring rain Friday to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters on Friday.
The Anne Arundel County man won the second largest jackpot in Maryland's history, off ...
Oct 11, 2013, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum
$400 million S.C. Powerball winner to stay anonymous
There is a man in South Carolina who has been keeping a big secret for the past five days.
Well, he did tell his dog. And, we assume, his wife.
He's probably hoping his recent good fortune stays a secret, but this will be one mighty hard life-changing event to keep under wraps.
South Carolina lottery officials said a man showed up at their office Monday with the winning ticket to last Wednesday's $399.4 million Powerball jackpot.
In a news release, lottery officials said the man was ...
Sep 23, 2013, 6:38 pm - Lottery News forum
$123M EuroMillions lottery winner claims prize
Now deciding if they want to go public
The 81,381,673.30 payout (US$123.7 million), which saw the lucky ticket-holder shoot to sixth on the UK National Lottery Rich List, had gone unclaimed since Tuesday night.
The winner is now deciding whether or not to go public with the win.
A Camelot spokesman said, The claim has been validated and the prize is in the process of being paid out.
The ticketholder is currently deciding whether to go public or remain anonymous.
While the winner ...
May 30, 2013, 12:39 pm - Lottery News forum