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Would you be willing to change your name in order to remain anonymous?

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HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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Posted: June 24, 2015, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

For those whose only problem with a name change is the publishing requirement, just rent a cheap apartment in an adjoining state, or in a state where it's easy and cheap to fly to and back in a few hours.  Visit every few weeks until residency requirements are met.  (I've heard some states have no time requirements, just have an apartment and utility bills in your name.  I haven't checked that claim out for myself.)  Then publish in a newspaper in that state, change your name to something very common, get a driver's license in that state, change the name on your SS card. 

As soon as your SS card is changed, get a DL in the state you won in and claim the JP.  If you use the DL in the adjoining state, that would make it awfully easy for someone to find your name change when the lottery releases that John Doe from Name Change State claimed the JP.  So change it back to your state in case someone becomes suspicious they won't have any idea where to start looking.

Then go to yet another state and change your name back, or to another name you want to be known by for the rest of your life.

My state doesn't require a photo or a media event, but they do post on their webpage that there's a $$xxx winner in the lobby, alerting media or whomever else is interested to mob the place.  So you'd definitely need to wear a disguise to get in and out without revealing your identity.  Definitely don't take your own car.  It's not that hard to trace a license plate.

Yes, this is a whole lot of trouble, and takes extra time before you get your dough, but for some of us it's worth it.  Some of us have lunatic relatives who'd be happy to put us in the ground for a few thousand dollars let alone a few million.  Some of us have enemies that are very resentful and wish the worst upon us who would finally be shoved over the edge upon learning we are wealthy and they're not.  Some of us have acquaintances who would lie and say half the ticket is theirs and keep it tied up in court until they got something for their trouble. 

To answer the OP question, if I couldn't stay anonymous with a trust, then I'd definitely change my name in order to do it.

    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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    Posted: June 25, 2015, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

    Whether for a short while or not?

    If so: Would you consider it a smart move to do so before you claim your jackpot winnings and perhaps after the press has gone on this wild & exhaustive goose chase looking for "_____________" you take back your Old name?

    l read where it has been done before- however would you " consider" it an option or not in your case, particularly in a State that absolutely prohibits anonymity for Lottery Jackpot Winners?

    Personally: Not sure. How about you?

    *** Have a Great Rest of the Week People: As always- Stay Healthy.

    If I won a lottery jackpot it would be easier to change my address instead.  Moving to a gated neighborhood where panhandlers and beggars aren't allowed would solve the problem.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      LottoLucy's avatar - hereslucy header.jpg

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      Posted: June 26, 2015, 1:32 am - IP Logged

      Whether for a short while or not?

      If so: Would you consider it a smart move to do so before you claim your jackpot winnings and perhaps after the press has gone on this wild & exhaustive goose chase looking for "_____________" you take back your Old name?

      l read where it has been done before- however would you " consider" it an option or not in your case, particularly in a State that absolutely prohibits anonymity for Lottery Jackpot Winners?

      Personally: Not sure. How about you?

      *** Have a Great Rest of the Week People: As always- Stay Healthy.

      I wouldn't change my name.  I would change my address.

      I would go rent an apartment in another city within my state, get my driver's license changed, and create plausible deniability.  I don't know that too many people would realize I was living someplace else for a while.  I could still show up to events that I was invited to.  Be seen around town.  But just return to my apartment so The state wouldn't think I had committed fraud. 

      This certainly wouldn't work in a state that requires a winner to take a photo but in some of the states I play in they don't require a photo only that the name, city, state be released.  So the people who know me in my own city will not suspect it was me and the people in the other city don't know me.  I plan to move to another state if I win so I won't even have to change my driver's license back.

      Lotto Lucy

        Artist77's avatar - batman14

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        Posted: June 27, 2015, 6:40 pm - IP Logged

        I would change my name to Ms. Mucho  Dinero.

        J'aime La France.

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          Posted: June 27, 2015, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

          I might consider changing mine to John Smith or Mike Williams or John Davis or Joe White

          I heard that Coin Toss was considering changing his name to Caitlyn...<shoulder shrug> Who new ??
          Thud

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            Lavender Rocket

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            Posted: June 27, 2015, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

            For those whose only problem with a name change is the publishing requirement, just rent a cheap apartment in an adjoining state, or in a state where it's easy and cheap to fly to and back in a few hours.  Visit every few weeks until residency requirements are met.  (I've heard some states have no time requirements, just have an apartment and utility bills in your name.  I haven't checked that claim out for myself.)  Then publish in a newspaper in that state, change your name to something very common, get a driver's license in that state, change the name on your SS card. 

            As soon as your SS card is changed, get a DL in the state you won in and claim the JP.  If you use the DL in the adjoining state, that would make it awfully easy for someone to find your name change when the lottery releases that John Doe from Name Change State claimed the JP.  So change it back to your state in case someone becomes suspicious they won't have any idea where to start looking.

            Then go to yet another state and change your name back, or to another name you want to be known by for the rest of your life.

            My state doesn't require a photo or a media event, but they do post on their webpage that there's a $$xxx winner in the lobby, alerting media or whomever else is interested to mob the place.  So you'd definitely need to wear a disguise to get in and out without revealing your identity.  Definitely don't take your own car.  It's not that hard to trace a license plate.

            Yes, this is a whole lot of trouble, and takes extra time before you get your dough, but for some of us it's worth it.  Some of us have lunatic relatives who'd be happy to put us in the ground for a few thousand dollars let alone a few million.  Some of us have enemies that are very resentful and wish the worst upon us who would finally be shoved over the edge upon learning we are wealthy and they're not.  Some of us have acquaintances who would lie and say half the ticket is theirs and keep it tied up in court until they got something for their trouble. 

            To answer the OP question, if I couldn't stay anonymous with a trust, then I'd definitely change my name in order to do it.

            OK let me see if I have this plan of attack right.

            1.  I live in state A and buy winning ticket in state 3
            2. I get residency in state B
            3. change my name in state B
            4. move to state C and get new d/l and collect ticket with new name
            5. I get residency in state D
            6. change my name BACK to my original name in state D
            7. move to state E and get new d/l with original name
            8. go back to state A and re-get d/l in original state.

            wouldnt that take a long time to accomplish all that?  5 different states?  or am i mis-understanding this? (i have been known to leave my car keys in the refrigerator)