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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    It sounds like she should have spent some of her winnings on the services of a competent financial lawyer.
    Not to mention a competent accountant, and a competent financial advisor.
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    Or you can win and just not be a dumb ass about it. Hire a good financial attorney, accountant, and manage the money correctly. And don't be giving a ton away to everybody that asks. Ideally its nice to keep is quiet, which is possible. But the press could try to out the winner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    The problem with keeping lottery winners anonymous is that it allows the agency conducting the lottery to misrespresent the number of winners in order to boost lottery ticket sales.
    True...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    Or you can win and just not be a dumb ass about it. Hire a good financial attorney, accountant, and manage the money correctly. And don't be giving a ton away to everybody that asks. Ideally its nice to keep is quiet, which is possible. But the press could try to out the winner
    I suspect that the majority of those who play the lottery (and by inference, those most likely to win the lottery) are not the sort of people known for making the best financial decisions.
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    While visiting our personal Fantasyland, my wife and I agreed that there would be multiple winners. Because we wouldn't need, for example, a $100M, that we would instruct the lottery agency to write checks to our respective siblings for some portion of the proceeds. In this way, we could avoid the potential for double taxation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    The problem with keeping lottery winners anonymous is that it allows the agency conducting the lottery to misrespresent the number of winners in order to boost lottery ticket sales.
    The game is still subject to audit. I don't see why anonymity would frustrate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Not to mention a competent accountant, and a competent financial advisor.
    Indeed, one good way to bolster your chances of remaining anonymous is to have an LLC claim the prize.

    You also have a year to claim the prize so for smaller lottery wins, WHEN you claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I was just reading about Natalia Vlasova, an extremely lucky old lady from village Panino, near the Russian city of Voronezh, who recently won the country's biggest lottery jackpot, 506 million rubles ($8.5 million)


    And her family is complaining that, since she was publicly announced as the winner, not only are they drowning in phone calls, emails, and letters from long lost relatives, friends, and childhood acquaintances of Natalia's she had not heard from in decades but now, of course, reappearing out of the blue, hoping for loans and such lol

    But also she has been targeted already by scammers and extortionists, even though she hadn't even received her money yet.

    She now no longer leaves her house, because everyone in the village keeps bugging her about her new money, pestering her about how she'll spend it and such.

    I have heard of big lottery winners encountering similar issues here in the West. In the US, I believe, a man even was murdered, last year: Lottery winner killed in his home - CNN Video

    And all this gives me an idea: do you think the lottery ought to be anonymous? Like, none of these magazines, like they have now, with names and photos of winners? Only identify people if they WANT to be identified?

    I think it would be better that way, safer and more comfortable for people. No?
    Yes, but it won't solve the problems you identify.

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