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If you won a lottery jackpot..........

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Would you form a trust and remain anonymous?

Yes , I would stay away from the public eye. [ 40 ]  [83.33%]
No, I would go public. [ 8 ]  [16.67%]
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Posted: February 18, 2005, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

Despite the option of forming a blind trust and remaining anonymous, it seems like many people are going public instead.  What are your thoughts?

Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings.  They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed.  And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.

If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!

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    Posted: February 18, 2005, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

    In oregon you can not form a trust to collect winnings you have to be an actual person with winning ticket in hand to collect.  But I would not do the press conference or t.v. interviews that the lottery and local news want.  The only thing I would want them to know is the place were the ticket is sold and name of winner which is required by state law. 

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      Posted: February 19, 2005, 6:04 pm - IP Logged

      My understanding in Wisconsin is that you have no choice. The lottery is a public function. The winners are public knowledge. ANyone can find out who won by making an inquiry. Winning lottery jackpots is something the state govts run, and therefore must be open public knowledge.  This is why so many immediately have to change their telephone numbers and even move their residences. The first thing that happens is you get bombarded with mail and phone calls from every Tom, Dick and Harry that wants you to contribute something to their "special cause".

      The first thing a jackpot winner needs to learn is how to say the word "No".

      ============

      How can you tell if a politician is lying?

      Answer: His lips are moving.

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        Posted: February 19, 2005, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

        Oh i'd go public whether I have to or not.  I'd also do TV interviews and hope that tha paparazzi would follow me and take pics.  I wouldn't mind being in Star magazine :-)

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          Posted: February 19, 2005, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

          I voted that I would like to form a trust and would stay away from the public eye but I think in NJ, where I live, you cant claim your prize like that. I could be wrong though.

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            Posted: February 19, 2005, 11:50 pm - IP Logged

            It all depends how much you win. The more you win the harder it will be to avoid attention. I couldn't really care who won some of the smaller lotto jackpots lately. They could take a pic of my lawyer if they want to take someone's pic.

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              Posted: February 20, 2005, 10:11 am - IP Logged

              i have created a system which has picked the winning maryland lottery 3 digit numbers straight 4 times and boxed 3 times since the first of the year it based on historical data and produces the numbers as an annual pick a daily pick and a monthly pick and has been very sucessful

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                Posted: February 20, 2005, 11:10 am - IP Logged
                Quote: Originally posted by winnerpick3 on February 20, 2005

                i have created a system which has picked the winning maryland lottery 3 digit numbers straight 4 times and boxed 3 times since the first of the year it based on historical data and produces the numbers as an annual pick a daily pick and a monthly pick and has been very sucessful






                Exciting news. We're always looking for ways to beat the lotteries.

                Perhaps you should post it in the Pick-3 or Lottosystems group also and tell us your secret!
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                  Posted: February 20, 2005, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

                  i hate people so i would head for the hills never to be heard from again


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                    Posted: February 24, 2005, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

                    Maybe I'd buy Skechers ("Superman Sneakers", because of the "S" on the heel).

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                      Posted: February 24, 2005, 8:21 pm - IP Logged
                      Quote: Originally posted by weshar75 on February 18, 2005


                      In oregon you can not form a trust to collect winnings you have to be an actual person with winning ticket in hand to collect.  But I would not do the press conference or t.v. interviews that the lottery and local news want.  The only thing I would want them to know is the place were the ticket is sold and name of winner which is required by state law. 


                      Is this true?  In some places, such as Washington D.C. (December 11, 1999), New Hampshire (February 2004), and Ohio (2003, 2004), lottery jackpots have been claimed in trust, so that the winner could remain anonymous.  But I have noticed that most states (such as my home state of Nebraska) have not ever had an anonymous powerball lottery winner.  Do you think that Jack Whittaker couldn't be anonymous in West Virginia?  The other powerball winners in West Virginia (Bob Cogar, 2002 and Robert Harnell, 2003) also went public.  Is the option of anonymity only limited in some states?

                      Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings.  They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed.  And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.

                      If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!

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                        Posted: March 3, 2005, 4:10 am - IP Logged

                        If I win jackpot or ever play. I would side outta news,tv all that. Maybe go on Detroit news and gve them money. They can help rebuild Detroit. I would not go on tv.

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                          Posted: March 3, 2005, 6:00 am - IP Logged
                          Quote: Originally posted by ineed9million on February 20, 2005



                          i hate people so i would head for the hills never to be heard from again





                          in9m,  I've done that already, it's nice, but there are annoying people everywhere, just fewer of them in the mountains.  And the ones from back home that you wanted to get away from the most will visit for a week or two instead of just a day because they came so far.


                           

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                            Posted: March 3, 2005, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

                            If I had the option of staying anonymous I would, but Oregon doesn't allow that. It shouldn't be too bad though, because all you have to release is your name and city. I'd avoid any kind of press conferance. Unless I'm the next Jack Whittaker, I figure people will forget about me in a couple months and they'll be hounding the newer big winners.


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                              Posted: March 4, 2005, 4:22 pm - IP Logged

                              I'm not as finicky about whether I could stay anonymous than cash/annuity.