Winners wish they'd lain low


Good Advice indeed-I guess the old saying is true-Be careful what you ask for!!!-Everything has its price indeed!!


Ms Jemison probably was more concerned about the possibility that          Ms Battle's claim was correct than of being hounded after coming forward.


I would think you'd have to establish right from the start that you are not a bank or bailout fund for family and friends - and if they go nuts figuring newly rich guy will always take care of them, then they are mistaken. I would take care of college expenses for nieces and nephews, and give immediate or special family members a one time payoff of $11,000 (the most you can give before the recipient has to report it on their income tax form) with no promises of more.  And that would be it. 

As far as those pesky strangers and their sob stories, I'm sure it's easy to change your number and toss letters begging for money, and I'm sure it would get tiresome after a while. I would think lottery pests will soon move on to more recent winners.

I am all for relocating to somewhere new and nice and not mentioning the word "lottery" or "millionaire" in public. 

I agree, Jemison's hand was forced by the fradulent claim and if she had come forward behind a trust, the cries of "the thief is hiding behind a trust!" would have been screaming in the paper and radio.

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The lottery has to release the name of the trust fund, however, not who the beneficiary is (the winner).  It is not the fun way to accept your winnings, but because of the world that we live in, it is the only way to do it.

When you win the lottery, you want to celebrate, not get hounded, stressed out and worry about safety issues.

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Quote:Originally posted by BabyJC on January 09, 2004

When you win the lottery, you want to celebrate, not get hounded, stressed out and worry about safety issues.

Exactly... A trust is the way to go, along with extensive safety considerations, like perhaps NOT telling young children, just play it up as you got a cool new executive job... With alot of "paid time off" ;-)

Moving is probably also a good idea. Telling family and friends you are moving for a new job (you could say they are paying for the move and helping to find you a house in the area)... you could THEN come back and help out after... no return addresses on correspondence, and try to keep the bulk of the funds in that trust (or another one with a different trust name).

A Glock 30 and a "death squad" of property-roaming dobermans or rottwilers wouldn't hurt either (for security) ;-)

liberal47's avatar - Rowlf

The loss of friends and trust is really disheartening. I only won $ 250,000 and I have been hit on by everyone, friends and family. Everyone thinks that they are entitled to some of your good fortune. Ms. Jamison will learn a hard lesson. Move to a gated community is my advice, and hire some protection for the short term at least.


Isn't it sad that if you win from the lottery everyone thinks you should share the $ with them?

Yet if you received $5 million from an inheritance nobody would dare say to you: *gimme some $*.

It's pathetic that one way is considered rude & the other isn't. IMO they're BOTH rude. 

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I wonder what a Law Firm's fee would be to set up something like that?? 30% like everything they charge?

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I wonder if Ms Jamison could have hide the facts of her winnings since South Euclid has revised its city tax laws to include lottery winnings.  They tried a couple of years ago to collect taxes on a jackpot winner and the State Supreme court rule against them because it was not in their tax laws before the player won. According to a local article Ms Jamison will be paying over $1.4M in city taxes in addition to State and Federal taxes.



i still think a person could accept a lottery award in person and do it in a low key manner so that very little personal information need be discussed. wouldn't the communications directors of the state lottery honor that request? tell them that you'd be happy to discuss anything about how you chose your numbers, how long you've been playing the lottery, possibly your future plans, and any other questions about your history playing Pb or Mm...but tell them you'd rather not discuss other personal information. just those basic background facts that they are required to and general residency info just say you wish to keep the rest from the media.

there was an article here at Lottery Post News not long ago about a guy in Washington State who did just that. he accepted his own lottery prize but remained very low key and didn't give out any more info than he wanted to. he discussed at some length how he played the lottery but seemed to give almost no personal background information to the media. i liked that approach. in the article it appears that the state lottery and media honored that request and everyone seemed quite happy.


The lottery still would want the public to know people do win.

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