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Would you post your Big Win?

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Posted: February 28, 2004, 6:37 am - IP Logged

I always let my nature and natural desire decide what I should do when I am in puzzle and confusion.Just that


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    Posted: March 12, 2004, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

    I doubt it.

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      Posted: March 12, 2004, 5:50 pm - IP Logged
      Quote: Originally posted by intel on February 22, 2004



      I would not go public because then I will be under the watch.

       The Government looking at me watching me how and where I spend the money and just the unwanted attention i will get.




      The government will know anyway, can't escape the IRS... It's the media I would prefer to dodge...  if ever...

      Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.

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        Posted: March 18, 2004, 9:46 am - IP Logged

        Some lotteries require in their rules that the winner attend a press conference.  If forced to do so, I would say the minimum.

        I would be very careful to control my own finances though.  This is not to say that I would not accept or seek advice, only that I would not extend the right to transactions to another person or organization.

        I will NEVER advertise to anyone that I have won the lottery.  I would keep it as private as possible.  I'm not even sure I'd tell my kids how it is that Mom and Dad are doing so well.

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          Posted: March 18, 2004, 9:47 am - IP Logged

          Hi.... After readin the material provided by INTEL , i have decided not to tell and i agree with teufelli about having a ironclad contract ( as long as i can do it using a fake name) about disclosing any large wins. Let me tell you about my time with winning. I did win the jackpot twice in illinois ,playing the little lotto. Sure, the i.r.s. will know....can't get around that. My family, which consists of three sisters and a brother, of which,whom I haven't seen in a dozen years,let alone ,not speaking to them for that long either,  had upon hearing that i won(my fault, for opening my fat mouth) had showed up at my house, all at  the same moment. Imagine, not having seen or heard of them for a dozen years. Lucky for me that I already had invested the money in paying bills and remodeling my home and that the money was already all gone. They,having understood that, had realized that their trip was in vain. They did say if I win again, .....to be sure to contact them. I will, but I probaly will do it from Hawaii or somewhere exotic like that.  And , that will probaly be when I change my name to be something like ROBERT BENJEMIN ST.GERMAIN.  Please , take back my vote from the poll and enter me as ....NEVER!!!!

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            Posted: March 18, 2004, 10:06 am - IP Logged

            Oh yes, one more thing, A lot of people now think that i am rich and i do get requests from my so called friends for loans and favors. I have helped out some very close friends and now that phase of giving out money is over. Yes, i am better off then i was, but hitting it one more time and i will be retiring and maybe move to florida. Without telling my family. they can learn about it , after i am gone!!!  Good luck to all!  It could happen to you!!!  Love ya all!!!!!!    your friend, st.germain.      (P.S.: I do get respect from it all.)

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              Posted: March 18, 2004, 11:57 am - IP Logged

              St. Germain,

              Unless I missed it somewhere, how much were the jackpots?  Is your system an easy one. Can you give me some hints on what to do? I play PowerBall.  I have a theory that it's mathmatical.  I've been working at it for over a year now.  I pick my own numbers and hardly ever do quick picks.  I haven't won anything more than $7, but have come so close sometimes that it's not even funny.  For a minute there, my family and friends thought I was losing it.  I would spend so much time trying to figure it out.  I'd use the use data statistics in Excel/tried to follow some of Saliu's beliefs, but it got me no where.  It's good to know that you hit a couple of times.  I feel like I will some day.  The guy that just recently won like $89 mil with PowerBall said he felt like he was going to win.  Did you have that kind of feeling before you won? 

              Thank you,

               

              OpenMinded

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                Posted: March 19, 2004, 8:06 am - IP Logged

                Hello openminded, my name is BOB and am glad to meet you. As for how much I had won is a matter of public record down at the lotto office where you file your claims. I had won twice. The jackpot at the times of the drawing were 200,000 dollars each time. The first time I had won was in november a couple of years ago and I had to split the pot with one other person as he/she had also gotten all 5 numbers. The second time I won was 5 months later and I was the only one to get all 5 numbers that day. I win small amounts alot of times since but am now concentrating on the mega game. The way I pick my numbers is SIMPLE. Use that as a rule when you pick yours. What is your game in your state? and always remember this:KEEP IT SIMPLE. I looked at lotto systems and other gimmicks but did not like any of them because the spectrum was too broad and I felt I was spread too thin so I had devised a way that you can systematically and methodically play the game and have better odds at winning any loot, hopefully, all of it. It is a practice in mathematical probability.(it actually has NOTHING to do with mathematics,...just the chances/choices of what numbers will drop). Right now i am showing someone else how to hopefully win in his/her state and as soon as i can find out what your game is in your state , we can communicate with each other and try to figure out how to beat the odds in your home town/state. Until then, stay in touch, if you wish and may the odds be with you.......respectfully  your lotto friend,,........ST.GERMAIN.

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                  Posted: March 19, 2004, 8:47 am - IP Logged

                  I don't know if I won big a part of me would want to scream it out loud. But after seeing hearing what has happened to other large winners. media coverage and people haunting them for their money. Not to mention as St.germains points out that relatives you didn't even know you had might show up looking for financial help. Grant it if they were bonified relatives or close friends and I won an awesome amount of money I would probably help them. More likely I would try and remain anonymous and relocate then once I am settled forward some bucks to close family, friends and charity. I wouldn't want to go public then have to hire people to protect me, my money, and my family. 

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                    Posted: March 19, 2004, 10:31 am - IP Logged

                    I might post, but not for a long time, perhaps 18 months, until I decided on what I was going to do next, had the money properly invested, had some perspective and a plan for the future, travelled extensively and bought a new house or condo in my dream location.  I can see being low key but I can't see being so secret-agent that no one ever notices you've gone from $45,000 a year to being really rich.  Maybe it can be done, but I don't want to dedicate my life to it. However, I believe that if you move you will be just another wealthy person who moved into a nice place, not the local guy who won $20 million - I think a lot of the notoriety will be gone once you are away from the state you won the money in. I also think after 2 years all the beggars will have moved on to bothering more recent winners - like any scavengers, they aren't going to hang around if there are no handouts.

                    If anyone has won a huge jackpot and then moved out of state, please share your experiences...

                    >I wouldn't want to go public then have to hire people to protect me, my money, and my family. 

                    2 years ago I saw Stephen King travelling all by himself in a gas station in Maine.  You have to figure he is a lot more famous and a lot more rich than you would ever be just by winning the lottery. If he can go somewhere without protection, I'm sure I could. 

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                      Posted: March 19, 2004, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

                      Tg636 wrote: 2 years ago I saw Stephen King travelling all by himself in a gas station in Maine.  You have to figure he is a lot more famous and a lot more rich than you would ever be just by winning the lottery. If he can go somewhere without protection, I'm sure I could. 

                       

                      He wouldn't be doing that here in Baltimore City. He would get mugged or inundated with requests for autographs real quick. In Baltimore or it's surrounding counties maybe but not on the city streets in Baltimore or any other major populated crime ridden city street.

                      You see when you go public they paste your picture in the news paper and every Tom, Dick, Sue, and Harry with a master plan will try and find you for all sorts of reasons. To get money from you for as many reasons as there are stars. I'm sure Steven King gets thousands of letters asking for hand out as well as all the other major stars and influential people.

                      When they come to Baltimore City they bring there limo's and an entourage of people to watch and pamper over them all the while thumbing there nose at the working class. Push and shove there way all over town. Go into restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs and take over the place like it was there's. Once in a blue moon one or more of these people come to the city incognito without all the fan fare and usually are hardly noticed. However they do travel with a body guard or guards. And I don't blame them for doing that I think that's smart. I wouldn't want to read that one or more were mugged because they didn't. 


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                        Posted: March 23, 2004, 10:44 am - IP Logged

                        four4me:

                        Maybe soon Mr King won't have to leave Maine to play Powerball.

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                          Posted: March 23, 2004, 3:30 pm - IP Logged

                          I will.  won't do anything to blow my cover though....

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                            Posted: March 23, 2004, 11:03 pm - IP Logged

                            Tough Question. I would keep a low profile away. Most likely go underground. Move to a remote island for a couple of years. Please do follow. lol

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                              Posted: March 24, 2004, 12:44 am - IP Logged

                               

                              I would post here just to explain WHY I AM TAKING THE ANNUITY instead of the cash.  (I don't feel like explaining right now, so you'll just have to wait.)

                              But, besides posting here -- where no one really knows me -- I would not tell co-workers and friends.  Sure, I might buy a decent house and trade up to a better car -- but I wouldn't go wild.  Nothing that maybe well-paid professionals in my area couldn't afford.  (if I was a well-paid professional.)  And my explanation to people would be that an aunt died or something and left me a little money.  But, I wouldn't give them anything to get suspicious about to too jealous about.  I'm at the age now where I have friends whose older relatives are passing away and are leaving them a little money, so that's not an unbelievable excuse.

                              But, I wouldn't let on that I have MILLIONS IN THE BANK.  That's just asking for trouble, unless you  totally change your social life and even location.

                              Also, I wouldn't quit work, at least right away.  In my mind, my annual lottery checks would be for my work.  I would finally be getting paid what I thought I was worth!  :)  As an anonymous winner I could help people who I saw truly needed it -- from my personal observation, not people who hunted me down looking for a handout. 

                              By being anonymous you know your friends are your friends because they like really like you -- not because they are kissing up to you because you are wealthy.  I would want to keep my friends, not go get a new set who had no personal connection to me. 

                              Eventually as I adjusted, yeah I might buy a condo on a Caribbean beach or take flying lessons and buy a plane.  But, I'm not sure how many people I would tell about that.  Maybe that's just for me and whoever the special person is in my life.  I don't have to tell everyone my business. 






                              Changing the subject a little bit, I read above about a guy who has a mathematical theory about how the lottery works.  That's funny, because it is so much bull. 

                              I work behind the scenes in TV.  Specifically when I lived in Virginia for 10 years I worked AT the TV station where the Virginia Lottery does their evening drawings.  Ping pong balls and all.  I often ran camera for the Virginia Lotto drawings (it's now called Lotto South.)  In fact, I was working there when that Australian syndicate managed to corner the lottery and win millions by buying over half the number combinations available.  They rented several lottery machines at a local grocery chain and had people feeding slips in all day long.  If I remember correctly, the jackpot was something like $43 million while the number combinations were something like 8 million.  They had managed to generate over 4 million play slips before the drawing took place.  And they won.  However, they had stashed all the tickets in piles of big garbage bags, so it took them almost a week to locate the winning ticket.  The could have easily lost, and wasted over $4 million -- but they got lucky in their "investment".  They were trying to generate all 8 million possible number combinations, but they ran out of time.  After this, the Virginia Lottery implemented some rules so this couldn't happen again.

                              But, I digress... 

                              My real story is seeing close up how the lottery drawings work.  Thus, I KNOW it's totally random and no mathematical formula is going to win you millions.  It's up to God.  First, I'm sure you all know the lottery has several sets of balls and several machines they keep locked away in a special room with lots of security.  Every evening they take a set out, weigh each ball while wearing surgical gloves, and videotape everything so there's no questions of tomfoolery. 

                              Then, they do some practice draws.  Here's where it gets interesting.  In particular, with the video cameras rolling, 3 or 4 minutes before the real drawing for all the TV stations on the satellite feed, they do a FULL runthrough identical to the real drawing.  Cameras still rolling, they re-set the machines, the floor manager gives a countdown, and they do the real drawing live on the air.  (Some stations tape this and replay it later -- others show it live.  But, at the pre-ordained time, to the second, the drawing takes place.)  As soon as they are off the air, cameras still rolling, the lottery technicians re-set the machines and the whole crew does another full runthrough identical to the real  drawing. The lottery officials do this to show that the same numbers aren't coming up again and again -- that the lottery isn't rigged.  That the numbers are totally random.  The public doesn't get to see these "before" and "after" drawings, but they are taped and kept in the archives to show any investigators in case there are any questions.  The point is, YOUR numbers could have come up in the drawing just before air -- but the reason you aren't a millionaire is because it wasn't the "official" drawing which happened two or three minutes later.  Or, maybe your numbers came up in the final drawing immediately afterward.  Too late, too bad.  There's no difference, except one is official because it hits at the exact time -- and the others are considered "practice".  So, it's not like the MEGA MILLIONS or LOTTO SOUTH is just one drawing twice a week.  Behind the scenese, it's many drawings -- and one of them happens to be the official one when the countdown is given for the satellite feed.