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If you win the jackpot, do you go to tv and news?

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if you win the jackpot, do you tell everyone?

yes, and i share some money [ 1 ]  [1.47%]
yes, but only my family will know [ 5 ]  [7.35%]
yes, and make a big party [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
absolutely no! I remain anonimous [ 21 ]  [30.88%]
No, only my family will know [ 19 ]  [27.94%]
no, I move on and keep it ultrasecret [ 16 ]  [23.53%]
I vanished to the caribbean [ 6 ]  [8.82%]
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Posted: November 8, 2009, 2:22 am - IP Logged

How come just a simple 'yes' isn't a choice?

As the lottery folks will tell you, it's best to go in front of the cameras and get it over with, they WILL find you out.

The only way they might not is if you live in one of the three states that allow you to collect anonymously.

But you have to realize: people WILL find out, no matter what you do, and the proof is in - how many people tell YOU something in 'secret' that you turn around and repeat to someone else?  If you say you've never done that, you are lying.

I've never heard a lottery official say you should "go public and get it over with." And with the number of new millionaires every week I doubt anybody's spending a lot of time digging for that info.

"...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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    Posted: November 8, 2009, 2:28 am - IP Logged

    All you have to do is form a Trust administered by an attorney. Have the trust registered to your attorney, and have him assign the beneficial interest over to you.  So if anyone does research, they will see the trust registered to that attorney, but not be aware who realy owns it.

    I've heard of this, but I have to admit I don't like the idea of giving an attorney that much power. An attorney with the authority to administer a multi-million dollar Trust has no reason to stick around.

    "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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      Posted: November 12, 2009, 9:05 pm - IP Logged

      Down here in Florida, we're not allowed to remain anonymous. The Florida law mandates that the lottery provides the winner(s) name(s), city/cities of residence, and the game won. I wonder if a trust can claim the ticket...but why am I even bothering to count my eggs before they've hatched?

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        Posted: November 12, 2009, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

        In Canada unfortunately the lottery corporation wants people that win a jackpot to go on television and in the newspaper, so the corporation can get publicity.. I don't agree with it, I wouldn't want everybody knowing that I won, because then they are ignorant and ask you for money;

         

        I would go away as soon as I was able to anyway..Dance

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          Posted: November 12, 2009, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

          I do not want to advertise I won big money. I watch my back when I cash a measly 50 cent winning pick 3 win.

          There has been an awful lot of robberies and shootings in my area. I would hate to have to hurt someone protecting myself. The mugger might sue me.

          WHATT

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            Posted: November 19, 2009, 10:55 am - IP Logged

            I would remain as anonymous as possible.  My signature says it all.  Enough said.

            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: November 20, 2009, 3:03 am - IP Logged

              I've never heard a lottery official say you should "go public and get it over with." And with the number of new millionaires every week I doubt anybody's spending a lot of time digging for that info.

              1) I have, from firsthand experience.

              2) You doubt anybody is spending time digging for this info?   Are you kidding me?  Are you a newbie?  Do you really want to know how many strangers, let alone distant relatives come out of the woodwork 'just to say hi' ??? (All they REALLY want is a piece of the pie).

              Sorry, but anybody with active knowledge of the Lottery KNOWS people dig, and dig, and dig. The solicitations alone from non-profit organizations looking for a handout is unbelievable, I saw about 400 in one week alone, but it's tapered off to about 10 a week.

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                Posted: November 20, 2009, 3:08 am - IP Logged

                I do not want to advertise I won big money. I watch my back when I cash a measly 50 cent winning pick 3 win.

                There has been an awful lot of robberies and shootings in my area. I would hate to have to hurt someone protecting myself. The mugger might sue me.

                You don't 'advertise' it, but trust me: the media will find you and knock on your door, or stake you out at the end of your driveway hoping to get a quick interview. This I know for fact. But if you have a simple news conference and get it over with, they are much less inclined to intrude upon you later.

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                  Posted: November 20, 2009, 3:12 am - IP Logged

                  I claim anonymously...only immediate family will know but not how much I actually won..........Good luck to all

                  "Wait eagerly for the Lord, and keep to the way; God wil raise you to possess the land; you will gloat when the wicked are cut off".

                                                                                                Psalms 37:34

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                    Posted: December 1, 2009, 1:04 pm - IP Logged

                    I claim anonymously...only immediate family will know but not how much I actually won..........Good luck to all

                    IF you are in one of the states that allows you to do that.

                    And yeah, sure, 'only immediate family will know', that will last, about 2 hours. Maybe.

                    And as far as 'not know how much I won', sorry, but all you have to do is know X player won the lottery, and then all you have to do is know how much the pot was to figure out how much someone won, I mean, it's either the lump sum total or the annuity. Not too hard to deduce.

                    People STILL don't understand the power of money, the power of the press, and the power of BLAB. People LOVE to talk, and all it takes is ONE.


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                      Posted: December 1, 2009, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

                      i would probably rent a permanent suite at a casino,as my relatives are against gambling,and wouldn't come to a casino,unless i put them up free,like howard hughes.

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                        Posted: December 1, 2009, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

                        I would love to remain anonymous, but the only legal person I trust is actually a family member...So, there-in lies my dilema.

                        I know for a fact that I would NEVER NEVER NEVER tell my parents.  I think all of a sudden, my husband would just have a really good promotion where we would have to move away.  Wink

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                          Posted: December 29, 2009, 3:09 am - IP Logged

                          Does California allow you to claim anonymously? And how does that work exactly? Unless you do the trust thing the people at the office will know who you are. If I were to ever win a jackpot I'll stay as anonymous as long as possible.

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                            Posted: January 5, 2010, 4:58 am - IP Logged

                            I would do what ever i had to and be done with it...I wouldn't go around splashing my face and name every where. I would move also.

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