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How would you get to the Lotto office?

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ttech10's avatar - blobdude
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Posted: September 19, 2010, 4:38 am - IP Logged

There is a book that discusses this.  I guess that is why I would talk to an attorney first.  In the state where I live, a trust can claim, but the beneficiaries are mentioned as part of the right to know laws.

 

More than likely hire an executive car service....if i drive, and get into an accident, I could get sued, even it wasn't my fault and lose it all.  If I did drive, I would leave early in the morning with a fire proof safe in the car's back seat, probably rent a car. Then I would wait in a nearby parking lot and enter when I know the doors are open.

 

You can always indicate that you are interviewing for a job and your car is broken.  I wouldn't want a friend to drive me.  You could also have the car drive you to a nearby address..and then take a cab to the lottery place.

 

i've thought about this for the two states I play in.  one is easy because there are other govt agencies in the same building.  The other (my home state) is more challenging because they are the only tenant in the building so it would be a dead give away.

 

I guess what you could do is stake out the lottery location for logistical purposes and figure out how to do it.

 

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If you're scared of it being a "dead giveaway" simply visit the Lottery offices a few weeks to a few months after you win. There are more than just jackpot winners that visit lottery headquarters every day so it wouldn't be a dead giveaway if you enter the offices. I remember from one story someone at the Lottery Offices was interviewed and they said within a few weeks time everyone who entered the doors they immediately got excited thinking maybe that person was the winner. They made it out that a lot of people came through the Lotter Offices doors.

 

Interesting topic though, OP. Haven't seen this type of question asked before. Myself, it depends on how I entend to collect.

One way is me collecting by myself. In this case I would drive to the Lottery offices in Austin a day before and rent a hotel for the night. The next day I would drive to the Lottery offices to collect the winnings. I would probably rent a car for the drive there and take a plane the way back. I couldn't imagine driving hours upon hours back to my city knowing I have (or will soon have) millions in the bank. Some have expressed concern they would get sued for millions upon millions... all you'd have to do is not collect until all is settled, which really isn't that long. And if I got into an accident from someone driving me and I either couldn't make full use of the winnings or I lost the ticket, I would rather it be my fault that someone else's. I trust myself much more that a random driver.

 

If I collect via a blind trust then my lawyer will go there. I imagine he will take a plane there and back. In that time I will be sitting at the house waiting for a call from him about what is going on.

 

 

I couldn't imagine the cab fare between here and Austin and also couldn't imagine the price of a personal driver between here and there (I don't even think either would be possible). The reason for the rented vehicle is mainly because I wouldn't want to drive those hours back. With a rental I could leave it at the airport as part of the renting price. I could do driving back from the Lottery Offices but I'd be tempted to stay a few days to buy a vehicle somewhere there in Austin to drive back to my home. I hate my current car...

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    I would drive myself, but after i collect my winnings i will probably get a driver, i dont like driving as it is..i like being a passenger, plus ga traffic gets pretty bad at all times

    Sun SmileyI If that happened (and it's highly unlikely; it's a rare occasion that I buy Mega or take 5) but if it happened, I would get there quicker on the subway, yes the subway!!  I would be very quiet; and I would have a driver, drive me back! NYC Trafic is not fun!

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      Posted: September 19, 2010, 5:49 am - IP Logged

      If you're scared of it being a "dead giveaway" simply visit the Lottery offices a few weeks to a few months after you win. There are more than just jackpot winners that visit lottery headquarters every day so it wouldn't be a dead giveaway if you enter the offices. I remember from one story someone at the Lottery Offices was interviewed and they said within a few weeks time everyone who entered the doors they immediately got excited thinking maybe that person was the winner. They made it out that a lot of people came through the Lotter Offices doors.

       

      Interesting topic though, OP. Haven't seen this type of question asked before. Myself, it depends on how I entend to collect.

      One way is me collecting by myself. In this case I would drive to the Lottery offices in Austin a day before and rent a hotel for the night. The next day I would drive to the Lottery offices to collect the winnings. I would probably rent a car for the drive there and take a plane the way back. I couldn't imagine driving hours upon hours back to my city knowing I have (or will soon have) millions in the bank. Some have expressed concern they would get sued for millions upon millions... all you'd have to do is not collect until all is settled, which really isn't that long. And if I got into an accident from someone driving me and I either couldn't make full use of the winnings or I lost the ticket, I would rather it be my fault that someone else's. I trust myself much more that a random driver.

       

      If I collect via a blind trust then my lawyer will go there. I imagine he will take a plane there and back. In that time I will be sitting at the house waiting for a call from him about what is going on.

       

       

      I couldn't imagine the cab fare between here and Austin and also couldn't imagine the price of a personal driver between here and there (I don't even think either would be possible). The reason for the rented vehicle is mainly because I wouldn't want to drive those hours back. With a rental I could leave it at the airport as part of the renting price. I could do driving back from the Lottery Offices but I'd be tempted to stay a few days to buy a vehicle somewhere there in Austin to drive back to my home. I hate my current car...

      I hadn't really thought about it until a few days ago. I figured I'd just hop in my car and drive over to the office but thinking about it more, I'd be way too excited to concentrate. I'd probably be day dreaming about how to spend my millions and end up rear ending someone. I dream about it too much already, and I haven't even gotten close to winning big. It would be worth it for me to hire a driver. If you can pull it together knowing you're on your way to collect millions of dollars and be free of the rat race forever more power to you.

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        If I won a jackpot that required going to the lottery office, what I'd probably do is wait a few months until after the excitement died down then go claim it.  If it were "the big one," I'd do the same but also hire an attorney to collect it using a trust, since that is legal in my state.  If it were the big one, I'd then wait a little while longer until I quit my job, for similar reasons.  Basically, if someone claims the big one and I quit my job, it will send up a red flag, and I don't want to do that.

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          you just won the lotto. you have to go to the lotto office to get the winning ticket authenticated so you can collect your millions.

          How would you get there? Would you drive yourself in your car or would you take a limo or taxi?

          I would take a taxi. The lotto office is only about a half hour drive from my house but I'd probably be too excited or nervous to drive myself. Also my local lotto office is in a busy part of downtown and if we got into a fender bender on the way over to the office, it would be the cab driver's fault not mine.

          What about you? How would you get to the lotto office?

          If it's a smaller prize up to a million dollars, right down I35 to the Fort Worth claim center. Over a million, then down I35 to the headquarters in Austin. Been through Austin many times but never got off the interstate. Traffic is always a mess on 35 in Austin. But I wouldn't mind on that particular trip. I would drive myself, I don't like riding when someone else is driving.

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            Why would you claim it in a trust?  You live in Delaware.

            By using the trust I create a safety net between the millions of dollars and anyone who may think they have a right to some of that money! Anyone and everyone is going to try to get at that money (past loves, relatives you never knew you had, an old bill collector, etc.)

            And yes I live in Delaware and I can remain anonymous when claiming the jackpot and that's a good thing, but claiming the jackpot in a trust is just a better move all around.

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              Simple, i would drive myself. Either in my Jeep or my Oldsmobile. It's a non-issue for me. I would drive to the Credit Union a make a healthy deposit.

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                Good topic...

                I've gone to the MD State Lottery central office a couple of times and seen people who have gone to collect, drag along several people with them. Those that accompany the winners can certainly give away the fact that they are with a WINNER. I guess the winners may believe there is safety in numbers, meaning having others along with them. But this gives out too much information. The Montgomery Park location has other businesses in it, but the place has a big security force around it. There is a security gate that is always maned, which you have to enter to get onto the property.

                First I would call ahead and speak with the claims processor, giving him or her,(I've only seen women working there) info that I have the winning ticket (but not give my name)and plan to anonymously collect the winnings in the near future. Find out what time of the day and day of the week, is their least busiest and tell them I do not want any publicity. I plan to go alone, drive myself there in my 2000  beat up car. Pretend I'am seeking employment to throw anyone off who my be standing around. Ask for the claims processor that I spoke with on the phone and reveal to only her what I am there for.

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                  Good topic...

                  I've gone to the MD State Lottery central office a couple of times and seen people who have gone to collect, drag along several people with them. Those that accompany the winners can certainly give away the fact that they are with a WINNER. I guess the winners may believe there is safety in numbers, meaning having others along with them. But this gives out too much information. The Montgomery Park location has other businesses in it, but the place has a big security force around it. There is a security gate that is always maned, which you have to enter to get onto the property.

                  First I would call ahead and speak with the claims processor, giving him or her,(I've only seen women working there) info that I have the winning ticket (but not give my name)and plan to anonymously collect the winnings in the near future. Find out what time of the day and day of the week, is their least busiest and tell them I do not want any publicity. I plan to go alone, drive myself there in my 2000  beat up car. Pretend I'am seeking employment to throw anyone off who my be standing around. Ask for the claims processor that I spoke with on the phone and reveal to only her what I am there for.

                  This sounds like avery good plan.  In terms of protection, legally and otherwise, I would like to have an attorney in the know or present so that there is no funny business. with anyone.

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                    By using the trust I create a safety net between the millions of dollars and anyone who may think they have a right to some of that money! Anyone and everyone is going to try to get at that money (past loves, relatives you never knew you had, an old bill collector, etc.)

                    And yes I live in Delaware and I can remain anonymous when claiming the jackpot and that's a good thing, but claiming the jackpot in a trust is just a better move all around.

                    You should also consider a LLC, which does many of the same things without the need of a trustee (lawyer) managing your assets on your behalf.

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                      Good topic...

                      I've gone to the MD State Lottery central office a couple of times and seen people who have gone to collect, drag along several people with them. Those that accompany the winners can certainly give away the fact that they are with a WINNER. I guess the winners may believe there is safety in numbers, meaning having others along with them. But this gives out too much information. The Montgomery Park location has other businesses in it, but the place has a big security force around it. There is a security gate that is always maned, which you have to enter to get onto the property.

                      First I would call ahead and speak with the claims processor, giving him or her,(I've only seen women working there) info that I have the winning ticket (but not give my name)and plan to anonymously collect the winnings in the near future. Find out what time of the day and day of the week, is their least busiest and tell them I do not want any publicity. I plan to go alone, drive myself there in my 2000  beat up car. Pretend I'am seeking employment to throw anyone off who my be standing around. Ask for the claims processor that I spoke with on the phone and reveal to only her what I am there for.

                      good idea about calling first then going to the office and asking for the claims processor that you spoke with

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                        I hadn't really thought about it until a few days ago. I figured I'd just hop in my car and drive over to the office but thinking about it more, I'd be way too excited to concentrate. I'd probably be day dreaming about how to spend my millions and end up rear ending someone. I dream about it too much already, and I haven't even gotten close to winning big. It would be worth it for me to hire a driver. If you can pull it together knowing you're on your way to collect millions of dollars and be free of the rat race forever more power to you.

                        I'd be for sure antsy, yea, but I think having spent a few days holding onto the ticket before I go and then being there for a day before I actually turn the ticket in, I think I could manage it. It's just the drive back that seems impossible to me. I hate driving back to my town from places just 1-2 hours away so the 6-7 hours from Austin to my city would be such a terrible drive and would have to get a plane ride back.

                        I could also just take an airplane roundtrip, leaving here really early in the morning and returning that same day late in the evening. I don't know how long it takes the offices to do their thing so would have to check before hand. Would definitely be the easiest and best way. Could be there and back in one day. Would have to let the offices do something with the giant check, though.

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                          I will hop in my car and go.

                          I will be there when they walk in the office!

                          I don't want to hold on to that ticket 1 second more than I have to.

                          After verification it is guaranteed. Lose the ticket and it's gone......

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                          This would be a nice place....

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                            For me, the answer is really simple.  There is a regional lottery office about 10 blocks from my house.  I would put the ticket in my front pocket, grab my trusty .40 cal and strap it on and more than likely walk to the office, but I could also drive if I felt the need for more security.

                            But then again, I could let my attorney go and claim with a blind trust and never have to leave the house.

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                              You should also consider a LLC, which does many of the same things without the need of a trustee (lawyer) managing your assets on your behalf.

                                An LLC is a form of incorporating! If I already owned a business of some sort then it would be the way to go! I don't plan to operate a business, so to use an LLC to claim the jackpot is a bad idea! Good try though!

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