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Would you take less money to preserve your anonymity?

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Would you take less money to avoid publicity?

Yes [ 5 ]  [18.52%]
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mediabrat's avatar - 18z0typ
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Posted: November 15, 2012, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

The news story about the brothers who got caught trying to cash in a stolen scratch-off ticket worth $5 million has an interesting twist:  They asked the New York Lottery if they could take less money in exchange for avoiding the required press conference and the publicity that surrounds it.

Many LP members have been outspoken about their dislike of laws that mandate public disclosure of lottery winners, some of which go so far as to proscribe a press conference.  This raises the obvious question:  If it meant you could remain anonymous, would you be willing to accept less than the full amount of your winnings?  Or would you rather keep the money and figure out how to deal with your newfound fame?

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    Posted: November 15, 2012, 9:32 pm - IP Logged

    how much less are we talking about here?

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      Posted: November 15, 2012, 9:55 pm - IP Logged

      how much less are we talking about here?

      That would be a factor for me too. How much? Also it would depend on how much I won. If it was at least $15 million, then I would definitely consider it as long as we're talking about a very small percentage of my winnings.

      It was always in the stars for me to be a lottery winner.

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        Posted: November 15, 2012, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

        The news story about the brothers who got caught trying to cash in a stolen scratch-off ticket worth $5 million has an interesting twist:  They asked the New York Lottery if they could take less money in exchange for avoiding the required press conference and the publicity that surrounds it.

        Many LP members have been outspoken about their dislike of laws that mandate public disclosure of lottery winners, some of which go so far as to proscribe a press conference.  This raises the obvious question:  If it meant you could remain anonymous, would you be willing to accept less than the full amount of your winnings?  Or would you rather keep the money and figure out how to deal with your newfound fame?

        States that allow anonymity will still publish the name and location of the store selling the winning ticket and when all the neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family of the winner notice a change of lifestyle, they will put two and two together. The same would probably be true if the winner paid to claim anonymously. All the lotteries should allow the big jackpot winners a couple of days to setup some type of security and a tiny portion of the winnings to pay for it.

        I'm pretty sure some of our LP members have already written a speech they'll give at their press conference and some have made their disguises.

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          Posted: November 15, 2012, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

          Keep it simple.

           

          Interview/Press Conference: The numbers mean nothing. You do not have a system. You have no plans for the money. If the back story is memorable you will be.

          Action Plan: Rent a crash pad until you can get out of dodge altogether e.g. gated community, new state, etc. Do not make any commitments. Just do what you will do. If families/friends/charities will get monies, write the checks and send them.

           

          Would I take less money? Hell no. Uncle Obama is taking enough!

          "Everything works  ONCE!"


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            Posted: November 15, 2012, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

            The news story about the brothers who got caught trying to cash in a stolen scratch-off ticket worth $5 million has an interesting twist:  They asked the New York Lottery if they could take less money in exchange for avoiding the required press conference and the publicity that surrounds it.

            Many LP members have been outspoken about their dislike of laws that mandate public disclosure of lottery winners, some of which go so far as to proscribe a press conference.  This raises the obvious question:  If it meant you could remain anonymous, would you be willing to accept less than the full amount of your winnings?  Or would you rather keep the money and figure out how to deal with your newfound fame?

            Spoken like a true lottery official spokesmouth......

            Is this something you and the other lottery officials are actually considering??


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              Posted: November 16, 2012, 1:02 am - IP Logged

              States that allow anonymity will still publish the name and location of the store selling the winning ticket and when all the neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family of the winner notice a change of lifestyle, they will put two and two together. The same would probably be true if the winner paid to claim anonymously. All the lotteries should allow the big jackpot winners a couple of days to setup some type of security and a tiny portion of the winnings to pay for it.

              I'm pretty sure some of our LP members have already written a speech they'll give at their press conference and some have made their disguises.

              Here's my speech: (clearing throat)...........Piss off!    Big Smile


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                Posted: November 16, 2012, 7:11 am - IP Logged

                The news story about the brothers who got caught trying to cash in a stolen scratch-off ticket worth $5 million has an interesting twist:  They asked the New York Lottery if they could take less money in exchange for avoiding the required press conference and the publicity that surrounds it.

                Many LP members have been outspoken about their dislike of laws that mandate public disclosure of lottery winners, some of which go so far as to proscribe a press conference.  This raises the obvious question:  If it meant you could remain anonymous, would you be willing to accept less than the full amount of your winnings?  Or would you rather keep the money and figure out how to deal with your newfound fame?

                Heck NO!!!!! They can publish my name, people can try and call me.....you can visit where I USED to live.....WHATEVER......I HAVE NO I REPEAT NO PROBLEM SAYING NO!!!!! LOL


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                  Posted: November 16, 2012, 9:28 am - IP Logged

                  Heck NO!!!!! They can publish my name, people can try and call me.....you can visit where I USED to live.....WHATEVER......I HAVE NO I REPEAT NO PROBLEM SAYING NO!!!!! LOL

                  I Agree! I think the whole NY scam proves that people who want anonymity have something to fear.

                  People who are afraid should stay away from buying (or scamming) lottery tickets........

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                    Posted: November 16, 2012, 9:42 am - IP Logged

                    I Agree! I think the whole NY scam proves that people who want anonymity have something to fear.

                    People who are afraid should stay away from buying (or scamming) lottery tickets........

                    I have absolutly nothing to fear I just like my privacy.  I voted it would depend on how much money and the size of the jackpot.  If it is one of the mega huge jackpots it would be worth it to protect my anonymity.


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                      Posted: November 16, 2012, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                      I have absolutly nothing to fear I just like my privacy.  I voted it would depend on how much money and the size of the jackpot.  If it is one of the mega huge jackpots it would be worth it to protect my anonymity.

                      Except when you buy a ticket you give up your right to privacy in the event you win a big JP. Its part of the game. That's why I said NOT to buy tickets if you are afraid to abide by the rules we all have to live by.

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                        Posted: November 16, 2012, 10:20 am - IP Logged

                        Except when you buy a ticket you give up your right to privacy in the event you win a big JP. Its part of the game. That's why I said NOT to buy tickets if you are afraid to abide by the rules we all have to live by.

                        I am not afraid to buy tickets or to abide by the rules, I though the questions was "would you take less" that means it is an option.  As a option it would depend on the amount of money your talking and again the size of the jackpot.  If it's not an "option" then it becomes a moot point and we all smile with our big check at the press conference.


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                          Posted: November 16, 2012, 10:26 am - IP Logged

                          I am not afraid to buy tickets or to abide by the rules, I though the questions was "would you take less" that means it is an option.  As a option it would depend on the amount of money your talking and again the size of the jackpot.  If it's not an "option" then it becomes a moot point and we all smile with our big check at the press conference.

                          OK, well I thought this was discussion and I dont think the rules require a personal appearance as long as you or a representative shows up and does the conference.......

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                            Posted: November 16, 2012, 11:25 am - IP Logged

                            OK, well I thought this was discussion and I dont think the rules require a personal appearance as long as you or a representative shows up and does the conference.......

                            No legitimate lottery organization would ever offer such an option so you know you are dealing with a crook.  The questions should be "Would you trust a crook to accept your lottery winnings for you to preserve your anonymity?".  The answer should be a "no brainer".

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: November 16, 2012, 11:27 am - IP Logged

                              Different rules for different states--but after you've been around LP long enough--some topics tend to repeat themselves.

                               

                              One of the solutions I recall from an earlier--years ago--discussion was that ANY bank in the world would be more than happy to lend you enough $$$  based on your future winnings to give you a line of credit adequate to move, hire security, make peace with relatives and offer them a one time only amount to get off your case and keep their mouths shut, or whatever would make you feel adequately safe enough to make an appearance IF ONE IS REQUIRED BY YOUR STATE--after all, everyone wants to know the back story to a win.  You should be able to plan enough to make your appearance, getcher money and be on a flight to a) your new home, b) an extended vacation or c) visiting someone under an assumed name where noone can trace you til the excitement dies down and someone or something else comes along more interesting or accessible.

                              Another potential solution was a disguise--a couple form the Chicago area won a jackpot some years ago and both showed up in those giant framed glasses that were shaded halfway down the lenses and the lady was in a wig (not a clown one tho I considered THAT but apparently few of the lottery commissions have enough sense of humor for their winners to be permitted to appear like that) and the little that they did was enough for a credible enough disguise to hide their identities from all but their friends.

                               

                              Point is--if you have nothing to hide--publicity from a win can be easily handled--you just have to have a plan in place.