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    Should lottery be anonymous

    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?
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    Google says that in these six states, you're allowed to be anonymous:

    Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina


    I'm surprised the number is so low. I'd have hoped that if you had the foresight not to shout your win from the rooftops, that you would be able to appoint an agent to deal with it all for you without ever making your name public.

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    spɹɐʍʞɔɐq ʞɹɐp ǝɥʇ Puzzling Evidence's Avatar
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    I dont play the lottery. The worst thing that can happen is that you win. If you ever win this thing, give just about all of it to charity. Keep about $50,000.00 and dont pay bills with it -- save it for extreme emergancies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    I dont play the lottery. The worst thing that can happen is that you win. If you ever win this thing, give just about all of it to charity. Keep about $50,000.00 and dont pay bills with it -- save it for extreme emergancies.
    That's silly.
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    OP- I remember another man being scammed and murdered also. Yes, it should be anonymous
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That's silly.
    Indeed...

    Although, I don't play it much either. I know I ain't lucky. Never done well at any casino I ever been in. Can't imagine lottery would be any different for me lol

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That's silly.
    In 1997, Billie Bob Harrell Jr. thought his struggles were over. He won $30 million from the lottery and planned to live the easy life. After quitting his job at the Home Depot, he took his family on a Hawaiian vacation, bought family and friends houses, and donated tons of money to his church and charity. Unfortunately, he began to receive unwanted attention demanding money and also made a bad deal with a company that provides lump sum payments to lotto winners, getting much less than he originally would have received. After he and his wife separated, he went into a downward spiral and shot himself in the head. Before he died, he told his financial advisor, “Winning the lottery was the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

    Abraham Shakespeare won $30 million in 2006 and ever since then people had been leeching off of his winnings, taking advantage of him. He gave a lot of his money away to help people out. A woman named Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore approached him about writing a book about the people taking advantage of him, and he agreed to let her write it. Gradually, she became his financial advisor and took control of all his property and money. When he found out what she was up to, he threatened to kill her, but she killed him first, shooting him in the chest multiple times. She was quickly convicted without her putting up much of a fight and is serving a life sentence.

    Tonda Lynn Dickerson was a Waffle House waitress when she received the news she had won $10 million from the lottery. The other waitresses at the Waffle House were ecstatic because before they all bought tickets, they promised to split the winnings between them. Well, Tonda didn’t remember such an agreement and planned to keep the money herself. After that, her coworkers weren’t so happy and sued her. When all was said and done, they lost and she got to keep the money. Then, she was sued again by her boss who said he was promised a brand new truck. He took it all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court but lost each time. Realizing she needed to protect her assets, Tonda and her family created a corporation. But when she gave a gift in shares to her family through the corporation, the IRS came after her for not paying taxes on it. She fought them but ended up losing and having to pay roughly $1 million in taxes.

    http://list25.com/25-worst-lottery-w...tionary-tales/


    Trust me, lotteries have ruined MANY lives -- not worth it. You CANNOT buy happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    ... Realizing she needed to protect her assets, Tonda and her family created a corporation. But when she gave a gift in shares to her family through the corporation, the IRS came after her for not paying taxes on it. She fought them but ended up losing and having to pay roughly $1 million in taxes. ...
    It sounds like she should have spent some of her winnings on the services of a competent financial lawyer.
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