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Claiming Mega Millions in California

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Posted: March 25, 2011, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

Hello Everyone!  I found this forum because I was searching anonymous claims in California, which it looks like I'd have to see an attorney about if we should ever be so lucky as to win. I was curious if anyone had any legal insights as to the alternatives...

If we ever won, and an anonymous claim was not an option, we would want our ticket claimed under just my husbands name. Reason being: He has a generic name like Jim Smith, so the odds of him being tracked down are much more slim than if we made both our names public. I kept my maiden name so "Jim Smith and Amanda Leonard" would raise many more eyebrows. We can shut off our phone but I don't want our friends and family to be harassed either. I have no qualms about having just my husband claim the ticket, he's not a <snip> and even if he was I could sue because we're married. But would the lottery commision allow this or would they make us both sign the ticket?

Also, I hear you have to report where you live. If we moved to Arizona just before claiming the ticket will they say we live in Arizona, or report our residence in California?

I apologize if this question has been asked before. Any insights would be much appreciated. So glad this forum exists!

 

Thanks!

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    Posted: March 25, 2011, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

    welcome to the asylum for starters & thats what we're here for to answer seemingly silly questions ....

    good luck

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      Posted: March 25, 2011, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

      Either of you can redeem the ticket, or both of you.  It's your choice.  Just don't sign the back of the ticket yourself if your husband is going to claim the prize.  If you sign it, it's your prize, and only you can claim it.

       

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        Posted: March 25, 2011, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

        Good deal, thanks :  )   We'd feel a lot safer that way. It just occured to me it's probably not the best idea to move out of state, in case AZ would try to nab us for taxes, though I'm not sure if that would apply.  Maybe move to Kern county and get a CCW for protection : X

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          Posted: March 25, 2011, 7:59 pm - IP Logged

          There is one more way to use a trust to claim the win anonymously in Calif. even if you are a resident of that state. Any trust that is out of state can go and claim the jackpot (no state can say it has to be a trust within that state to claim said jackpot) and you have to love this part especially, Calif. doesn't have any access to any information whatsoever because the trust is in another state! And another benefit to having an out of state trust while a Calif. resident, that trust isn't subject to Calif. state income tax either! (Nevada has no state income tax and it's close by hint, hint). But you'd be better off moving to Nevada and becoming a resident of that state and using the trust and a lawyer to claim the jackpot for you to remain anonymous!

          No trust has to be a blind or a double blind trust either in-order to do this!

          Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

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            Posted: March 25, 2011, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

            Awesome, thank you!   What kind of attorney do you seek to get a trust, a tax attorney?

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              Posted: March 25, 2011, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

              Awesome, thank you!   What kind of attorney do you seek to get a trust, a tax attorney?

              All I can say is your best bet is to use the State Bar Association of the state you wish to have your trust drawn up in. The State Bar Association isn't bias one-way or another towards any lawyer and they will also give you the skinny on said lawyer as to their good or bad standings in the community in which they work.

              Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

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                Posted: March 25, 2011, 11:15 pm - IP Logged

                Thanks again, you guys know a lot :  )