She Won The $560 Million Powerball — And Immediately Regretted This
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When this New Hampshire woman won the $560 million Powerball jackpot in January, she did what most people would do. She signed the back of her ticket.
But it almost cost her more than she bargained for.
Here’s what you need to know and what you should do if you’re fortunate enough to follow in her footsteps and win the lottery.
Step #1: Remain anonymous
If you win the lottery, your best bet is to remain anonymous.
With your newfound fortune, the last thing you want is to draw attention to your newfound fortune. Jane Doe (the Powerball winner whose name has not been disclosed) realized after she signed her winning lottery ticket that she wished to remain anonymous.
Typically, the choice to remain anonymous after you win the lottery may not be yours.
The rules regarding anonymity vary by state, with some states requiring all lottery winners to disclose their identity. Why?
Some lottery officials say they want transparency and to ensure that the winner is not related to a lottery official. Therefore, lottery commissions strive for transparency, and typically want winners to disclose their name, city and prize amount.
Remaining anonymous when you win the lottery can only be done in six U.S. states: Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina. The remaining states where Powerball is sold, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, require that winners publicly disclose their identity.
In New Hampshire, a lottery winner’s name, town and prize amount are publicly disclosed as part of the state’s “Right To Know” law.
However, Doe asked a state judge to grant her anonymity even though she signed her name on the back of the ticket and lives in a state that does not permit anonymity for lottery winners.
On Monday, Judge Charles Temple granted her request – to the objection of New Hampshire lottery officials who argued that revealing her identity increases transparency and trust in the lottery system in accordance with state rules. The judge ruled that revealing her name would constitute an invasion of privacy since lottery winners can face – according to Temple’s order – “repeated solicitation, harassment, and even violence.” The judge ruled, however, the winner had to reveal her town (Merrimack).
Step #2: Sign the winning lottery ticket
So, if you win the lottery and live in a state that does not guarantee anonymity, should you still sign the back of the ticket?
It may sound outdated, but you should always sign the back of a winning lottery ticket.
A lottery ticket is considered a bearer instrument, which means that whoever signs the ticket can claim the lottery winnings.
Therefore, if you lose an unsigned winning ticket, the person who find it legally can claim the prize.
The question then is what name do you sign on the back of the ticket – particularly if you want to remain anonymous.
You can accept a lottery prize through legal structures such as a blind trust that can protect your identity. In this case, the winner created the Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust. Her lawyer, William Shaheen, accepted the lump sum prize of $352 million (approximately $264 million after taxes) on her behalf.
What’s the first thing she did with her new fortune? She donated almost $250,000 to charity – and has plans to donate up to $50 million. Way to make lemonade.
If you win the lottery, make sure to do this one thing.
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|Arkansas Lottery Commission |
|Address: ||124 W. CAPITOL – SUITE |
1400 LITTLE ROCK,
|Telephone: ||(501) 683-2000 |
|Fax: ||(501) 683-1878 |
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|Population: ||2.90 |
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|Start – Up: ||May 2009 |
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|Number of Employees ||approx 83. |
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|November 9, 2020 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Proceeds Hit $1 Billion |
|September 24, 2020 ||Jackpocket App Launches in Arkansas for Lottery Games |
|September 11, 2020 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Report Revenue Up $8.7 Million in August |
|July 7, 2020 ||Arkansas Lottery Claim Center Temporarily Closing |
|July 3, 2020 ||Camelot Lottery Solutions and Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Agree Two-year Contract Extension |
|June 20, 2020 ||Arkansas Legislative Council Approves Second-Year Contract Extension for Camelot Global Services |
|June 10, 2020 ||Arkansas Scratch-Off Sales in May Hit Record for State Lottery |
|May 29, 2020 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Thanks Players with Appreciation Day |
|January 14, 2020 ||Arkansas Lottery Report Best December for Overall Sales and Instant Ticket Sales in the History for the Lottery |
|Lottery News Archive for CY2019 |
|December 5, 2019 ||Arkansas Release New December Lottery Tickets Offer |
|Oct. 4, 2019 ||Annual 5k Walk Sees NASPL 2019 Conference Delegates Raise Funds for Local Arkansas Charity |
|Oct. 1, 2019 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Celebrates A Decade of Success |
|August 30, 2019 ||Arcade Arkansas Organizes for Amusement Machine Referendum with Taxes for Scholarship Lottery |
|August 28, 2019 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Launches Razorback-themed Scratch-off Ticket |
|July 10, 2019 ||Arkansas Lottery Sets New Records in Proceeds for Scholarships and Sales |
|May 11, 2019 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Report Revenue Increase Year to Date |
|April 30, 2019 ||Lottery Offers to Pay Taxes on New Scratch-Off Prizes |
|April 3, 2019 ||Arkansas Senate Approves Measure that Would Allow Some Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous |
|March 12, 2019 ||Arkansas House Shoots Down Bill to Allow Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous |
|February 23, 2019 ||Malvern Man Claims Second Spot in Lotterys Billion Dollar Challenge |
|February 19, 2019 ||Arkansas Lottery on Track for Record Fiscal Year |
|February 13, 2019 ||Arkansas Senator’s Bill Would Shield Lottery Winners’ ID |
|February 7, 2019 ||Bill Filed to Allow Arkansas Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous |
|January 11, 2019 ||Arkansas Lottery Breaks Weekly Record for Instant Ticket Sales |
|January 8, 2019 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Division Subject of Study; Sales Chief Leaves Post for New Job |
|Lottery News Archive for CY2018 |
|December 11, 2018 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Report Slight Rise in November Revenue |
|October 8, 2018 ||Woosley Elected First VP of Lottery Executive Committee |
|October 1, 2018 ||New Lottery Scratch-Offs Offer Unique Ways to Win |
|August 21, 2018 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Unveils This is Winning Sign in Downtown Little Rock |
|July 30, 2018 ||Camelot Global Congratulates Arkansas and Illinois Lotteries on Record-Breaking Sales and Increased Profits |
|July 10, 2018 ||Arkansas Lottery Celebrates Record-Breaking Year |
|June 8, 2018 ||Its a Record-Breaking Spring for the Arkansas Lottery |
|May 11, 2018 ||Arkansas Lottery Reaches a Record $42M in Collections for April |
|May 8, 2018 ||Its a Record-Breaking April for Arkansas Lottery |
|May 1, 2018 ||New May Games Hit the Jackpot |
|April 9, 2018 ||Three Arkansas Players to Participate in BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE |
|April 9, 2018 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Report Record Sales for All Products in March |
|April 2, 2018 ||New April Games Spring Up in Arkansas |
|April 2, 2018 ||Losing Lottery Tickets Land Three Arkansans the Chance to Win $1 Billion |
|March 6, 2018 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Launches New Branding Campaign |
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|February 13, 2018 ||Big January Jackpots Boost Arkansas Lottery’s Revenue |
|January 13, 2018 ||Arkansas Lottery Revenue Record Tumbles; $44.7M the Most for a December |
|Lottery News Archive for CY2017 |
|December 4, 2017 ||Decembers New Scratch-Off Games Include a Million-Dollar Top Prize |
|October 3, 2017 ||Fall Into Big Fun with Big New October Instant Games |
|September 20, 2017 ||Changes Coming To Multi-State Lottery Game |
|September 11, 2017 ||Lottery Exceeds $700Million in Scholarship Funding |
|August 21, 2017 ||Jackpots to Become More Mega When Game Changes |
|August 18, 2017 ||Retailers Warm to Debit Cards Purchases for Lottery Sales |
|August 16, 2017 ||Arkansas Lottery August Sales Hit the Jackpot |
|August 10, 2017 ||Arkansas Lottery Executives Favour Extending INTRALOT Contract Until 2026 |
|August 9, 2017 ||Instant Ticket Sales Break August Record |
|July 31, 2017 ||Fantasy Sports Laws Take Effect in Arkansas |
|July 23, 2017 ||Debit Card Purchases To Be An Option For Players, Retailers |
|July 23, 2017 ||Debit Cards Soon to Be Allowed for Arkansas Lottery Tickets; But Some Retailers Wary of Debit Fees |
|July 10, 2017 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Exceeds Fiscal Year Projections |
|June 27, 2017 ||The Willy Wonka Golden Ticket Is Here! |
|June 13, 2017 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Predicts Revenue Miss in Fiscal ’17; Scratch-Off Forecast Blamed |
|June 6, 2017 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Launches New Games for June |
|May 25, 2017 ||Arkansas Lottery Awarded For Its Financial Report |
|April 19, 2017 ||Arkansas Attorney General Again Rejects Casino Proposal |
|April 19, 2017 ||Arkansas Lottery Reaches Milestone in Delinquent Tax Collection |
|April 17, 2017 ||Biggest-Ever State Lottery Winner Emerges From Hiding |
|April 12, 2017 ||Arkansas Legalizes Fantasy Sports |
|April 12, 2017 ||Arkansas Lottery Shows Rise in Revenue for March over ’16 Levels |
|April 5, 2017 ||WyoLotto Gives $1 Million Back to Wyoming |
|April 5, 2017 ||Cashless Payments For Lottery Tickets |
|April 4, 2017 ||Arkansans Can Use Debit Cards for Lottery Ticket Purchases Starting This Summer |
|April 4, 2017 ||New Instant Games Spring Up in April |
|March 10, 2017 ||Arkansas Panel Favours Use of Debit Cards to Buy Lottery Tickets |
|March 10, 2017 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s February Revenue, Proceeds Improve |
|February 27, 2017 ||The Arkansas Lotterys New Advertising Agency Plans to Win Over Millennials |
|February 12, 2017 ||Lotterys January Sales Fall Short of Projected Totals |
|February 6, 2017 ||Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Has a New Advertising Agency |
|January 27, 2017 ||Lotterys Advertising Contract Clears Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee |
|January 20, 2017 ||Lotterys Advertising Contract Referred Back to Watchdog Committee |
|January 12, 2017 ||Arkansas Lottery Revenue Falls in December |
|January 9, 2017 ||Update: Dispute over Marketing Contract for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery |
|January 6, 2017 ||Second Protest Against the Awarding of Lottery Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Contract Dismissed |
|January 4, 2017 ||Office of State Procurement Rejects One of Two Protests Involved in the $34.5 Million Marketing Contract for the Arkansas Lottery |
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