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Posted: January 10, 2009, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

This issue always comes up here and I have a theory. Most states won't let you claim anonymously. What are the options to keep your identity protected after a big win? I have a very common last name but an unusual 1st name. I'm thinking I could change my 1st name to lisa or Nicole or something very common and then I can claim my jackpot semi-anonymously. LOL What do you all think? Also, how hard/easy is it to legally change your name for reasons other than marriage? How long does the process take?

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    Posted: January 10, 2009, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

    first we need to win, then we'll surely figure out the rest

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      Posted: January 10, 2009, 6:25 pm - IP Logged

      If you fail to plan you plan to failSmile

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        Posted: January 10, 2009, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

        If you fail to plan you plan to failSmile

        exactly why i'm here!  I have learned a LOT about taxes and such since coming on here.  I would have surely been in lots of trouble when I win had I not found this place .

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          Posted: January 10, 2009, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

          in az i have notice a few times where the released info was only first initial, last name and town.

          maybeyour state can do the same??

           

          later jim

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            Posted: January 11, 2009, 12:10 am - IP Logged

            To keep it anonymous you must sit up a Trust fund in a name your Lawyer recommends.  That way no one will know the real winners. Oscar Red Carpet 1 





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              Posted: January 11, 2009, 2:23 am - IP Logged

              Setting up a trust doesn't necessarily do anything to keep your name from being released. Some states specifically require that prizes be claimed in the name of an actual person. That might allow the trustor to claim, but it may not.

              Changing your name isn't hard, but it's also not a private matter, and your original name may turn up; a court ordered name change requires publishing legal notices. As long as you aren't doing so for fraudulent purposes, you can use whatever name you want, without taking specific legal steps (think common law marriage). If you try to claim as "little bunny foofoo" your real name is going to come out, but Hollingsworth Andrew Smith IV should be able to claim as Andrew Smith with little or no trouble, especially after going by Andrew for a while. Even if you don't know, plenty of people you know are probably using a nickname or middle name. My uncle "Bill" was really named Charles, but nobody called him that after he was 12 or 13. The biggest issue there is probably dealing with a bank account. The bank may or may not let Hollingsworth Andrew Smith IV deposit a $50 check made out to Andrew Smith. I can safely promise they won't allow a deposit of millions.

              Even if you can claim anonymously, the important thing is to stay under the radar after collecting the money. You can be named Bob Smith and be easy to find or you can be named Hollingsworth Wilberforce and be nearly impossible to find.

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                Posted: January 11, 2009, 8:55 am - IP Logged

                exactly why i'm here!  I have learned a LOT about taxes and such since coming on here.  I would have surely been in lots of trouble when I win had I not found this place .

                Roll Eyeseven with all I've learned here ...I'd  probably still manage to goof upEmbarassed