People across the United States win their dreams of wealth and spending few dollars at convenience stores, super markets, gas stations, and other places that sell lottery tickets. Our inner feeling suggests that if you win, you should keep it a secret for as long as possible in the hopes of a big win, that is "Anonymous".
Why Should we go Anonymous if we win Lottery? What happens if your number is in the Mega Millions winners list, that too in the first or even second or to third place. With the Mega Millions jackpot up to $1.55 billion, You will choose cash option if you win $750 million, After the US Internal Revenue Service takes 24% off the federal taxes, you’ll walk away with roughly $570 million. winning lottery makes you a target, not just of theft, kidnapping, murder and other scams. The closest people around you like relatives, friends or co workers will develop their needs targeting your money, of course some greedy or jealous people, not everyone will be interested your cash.
Now how to keep myself Anonymous? Not every State allows to remain anonymous after winning a big prize in the state lottery. Only 16 states where lottery jackpot winners can remain anonymous. Some State Lottery would reveal that city and county, wouldn't matter especially if you live in big city. Some feel that there needs to be some laws implemented to keep winners safe. But always what information do you need to keep anonymous? Name, Location, City, County and including with pictures.
Now which States Allow you to be Anonymous? Only 16 States allows this option. What happens if you are in the 34 States which does not allow Anonymous. The best way is if you week going to lottery office to claim winnings could be dangerous for you and your family then have a lawyer set-up a Trust then let Trust accept the winnings, this can be done in some of the States regardless of public disclosure laws, or annuity payment can be choose if allowed.
What precautions you must take after winning Lottery?
|State||Anonymous or Not||Amount||Revealed Information|
|Alabama||No State Lottery|
|Alaska||No State Lottery|
|Arizona||Yes||$100,000 and above||Winners Name can be Confidential but City and County will be revealed|
|Florida||Yes||$250,000 and above||Confidential for 90 days|
|Georgia||Yes||$250,000 and above|
|Hawaii||No State Lottery|
|Illinois||No||$250,000 and above|
|Maryland||Yes||Winners have to give specific consent to release their name or photo.|
|Mississippi||Yes||Need to write a letter for anonymous|
|Missouri||Yes||The State must have prior consent to publish winners name|
|Montana||Yes||Town or City, Winner must give permission to publish|
|New Jersey||Yes||$1 Million and above|
|New Mexico||Yes||$10,000 and above|
|Ohio||Yes||City and County will be revealed|
|Texas||Yes||$1 Million and above|
|Utah||No State Lottery|
|Virginia||Yes||$10 Million and above|
|West Virginia||Yes||$1 Million and above|
Alabama: There is no State Lottery in Alabama, prohibit gambling in their state constitutions.
Alaska: There is no State Lottery in Alaska, prohibit gambling in their state constitutions.
Arizona: According to the Arizona Lottery, If you win $100,000 or more, your name can remain confidential permanently. The city and county in which you live, however, is not confidential. For those who win $600 or more, name is kept confidential for 90 days after the prize has been awarded.
Arkansas: According to the Arkansas lottery, winners of $500,000 or more can remain anonymous and exempt from public records requests.
California: California Lottery will share the winner's full name and where they bought the ticket.
Colorado: If you win the lottery in the Colorado State, your first name and the first letter of your last name are listed on the state lottery's website.
Connecticut: Winners in Connecticut State Lottery can't remain anonymous.
Delaware: For Delaware lottery winners, Winners in Kansas can request to remain anonymous.
Florida: According to the state's lottery, Winners in Florida State can't remain anonymous completely, Those who win $250,000 or more are temporarily exempt from public disclosure for 90 days after claiming their prize.
Georgia: According to Georgia Lottery, winners of $250,000 or more can be kept confidential for their name and hometown.
Hawaii: Hawaii State do not have state operated lottery.
Idaho: In Idaho, information like your name, the town or city in which you live, and where you bought the ticket, and the details of how much you won the prize.
Illinois: According to Illinois Lottery, winners of $250,000 or more can be kept confidential for their name and hometown.
Indiana: The Indiana Lottery says it is impossible for winners to remain anonymous when claiming the lottery amount.
Iowa: The Iowa Lottery says it is impossible for winners to remain anonymous when claiming prizes.
Kansas: For Kansas lottery winners, Winners in Kansas can request to remain anonymous.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Lottery winners can keep their name and city can not be listed in public, but can be tracked through open records request.
Louisiana: The Louisiana Lottery winners can keep their name and city can not be listed in public, but can be tracked through open records request.
Maine: The Maine Lottery says it is impossible for winners to remain anonymous when claiming prizes.
Maryland: The MLGCA operates the Maryland Lottery, can remain anonymous.
Massachusetts: Massachusetts Lottery does not allow to remain anonymous, but winners can claim their winnings in the name of a trust.
Michigan: According to Michigan Lottery, winners of more than $10,000 can opt to remain anonymous. For multi-state games like Mega Millions, name can be listed in public.
Minnesota: According to Minnesota Lottery, winners of more than $10,000 can opt to remain anonymous, but those winning $10,000 or less cannot.
Mississippi: For Mississippi lottery winners, Winners will be kept anonymous unless there is a written consent.
Missouri: For Missouri Lottery Winners, only town or city will be released, with written consent the State allows to make your name public.
Montana: For Montana Lottery Winners, only town or city will be released.
Nebraska: For Nebraska Lottery, winners allowed to anonymous only for big winners.
Nevada: Nevada State constitution does not allow to play Lottery.
New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, allows to remain anonymous.
New Jersey: For New Jersey Lottery, Winners can choose to remain anonymous.
New Mexico: For New Mexico Lottery, Winners can choose to remain anonymous.
New York: In New York State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
North Carolina: For North Carolina Lottery, winners can remain anonymous for a while after winning a major jackpot, later it will make public.
North Dakota: Regardless of the size of their prize, The North Dakota lottery winners have the option to remain anonymous.
Ohio: Regardless of the size of their prize, The Ohio lottery winners have the option to remain anonymous.
Oklahoma: According to Oklahoma Lottery, winners of $250,000 or more can be kept confidential for 90 days for their name and hometown.
Oregon: In Oregon State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
Pennsylvania: According to Pennsylvania State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
Rhode Island: For Rhode Island Lottery Winners can choose to remain anonymous.
South Carolina: For South Carolina Lottery Winners can choose to remain anonymous.
South Dakota: In South Dakota State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
Tennessee: The Tennessee Lottery winners can keep their name and city can not be listed in public, but can be tracked through open records request.
Texas: Texas Lottery Winners of $1 million or more can choose to remain anonymous.
Utah: There is no State Lottery in Alaska, prohibit gambling in their state constitutions.
Vermont: In Vermont State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
Virginia: West Virginia Lottery Winners of $10 million or more can choose to remain anonymous.
Washington: In Washington State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
West Virginia: West Virginia Lottery Winners of $1 million or more can choose to remain anonymous.
Wisconsin: In Wisconsin State Lottery, your name and city are made public.
Wyoming: Wyoming Lottery Winners can remain anonymous.
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