Can US lottery winners remain anonymous?
If you walk away with a big lottery win, would you like to reveal your identity?
There are pros and cons to announcing your lottery win to the world. On one hand, you’ll get fame and popularity, but on the other hand you may fall victim to scams, freeloaders, lawsuits and defamation.
We understand that winning lottery is an exciting occasion, however many people recommend keeping the news of the win to yourself to avoid trouble. There are people in the world that would do anything to get their hands on a big lottery win.
This is what happened in the terrible case of Abraham Shakespeare. This lottery winner announced his win only to get scammed by a stranger, who ended up going to jail for his murder!
Which states can US lottery winners remain anonymous?
In the USA, there aren’t that many states where you are allowed to remain anonymous after a big lottery win.
US Powerball and US Mega Millions
There are currently only 19 states in the USA that allow US Powerball and US Mega Millions lottery winners to protect their identity and remain anonymous to at least some degree after a big win.
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Winners in these US states can keep their anonymity to varying degrees. In some cases, winners’ anonymity is subject to conditions, for example, in West Virginia, winners can stay anonymous if their prize is USD$1 million or greater. In Florida, winners of USD$250,000 or more remain anonymous for 90 days, after which time their name, city of residence and amount won are available for any third party to request.
Three more reasons to keep your win a secret
We bet American Grandmother, Marva Wilson wished she stayed anonymous after winning AUD$2.5 million.
Scammer, Freya Pearson swindled the trusting grandmother out of her winnings after lying about a non-profit organisation. Pearson was charged and sentenced to 5 years in Prison.
A lawsuit and contract killing
William ‘Bud’ Post thought all his Christmases had come at once when he won AUD$23 million in US lottery, but a year later he was back in debt. He spent his winnings on boats, houses, cars and a plane – even though he didn’t have his pilot’s license!
After his win he was sued by his girlfriend and it’s said his brother hired a hitman to kill him. If only he’d kept the news to himself.
Ibi Roncaioli probably wishes she kept her AUD$6 million win a secret. Mrs Roncaioli allegedly squandered the cash on lavish living, alcohol, and gambling, and secretly gave AUD$2.5 million to a son from a previous marriage.
She died in 2003, and 5 years later her husband Dr. Joseph Roncaioli was convicted of poisoning her.
How would you tell your spouse you won lottery? Would you tell them at all?
Remain anonymous with The Lottery Office
If you play lottery with The Lottery Office and win, there’s no need for a disguise!
Lottery Office winners aren’t under any obligation to reveal their identity (unless you want to of course), you can remain anonymous and enjoy your prize money in complete privacy.
How to play to win from the draws of US lottery with The Lottery Office
When you purchase a ticket in our local lottery draws, we purchase a ticket in the matching overseas lottery.
Play USA Power Lotto – we buy a matching ticket in the US Powerball lottery in the USA.
Play USA Mega Lotto – we buy a matching ticket in the US Mega Millions lottery in the USA.
It’s an easy 3-step process to play lottery with The Lottery Office.
First, sign up for a Lottery Office account. Then you can purchase a lottery ticket. And finally, finalise your purchase. Once the purchase is in your shopping cart you can pay by debit or credit card, Bpay, PayID, PayID or Paysafecard or you can pay in-store at selected newsagencies. We’ll send you a confirmation email and a Lottery Office ticket.
To play with us you need to be over 18 years old, by a resident of Australia or New Zealand, have an internet connection and a phone, computer or tablet to access our website.
It’s safe and secure to play online lottery with us
We are licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory Government. Our operational and financial procedures are regularly audited, with the NT Government conducting live audits of customer orders, tickets issued in our lotteries, matching tickets purchased by us and the resulting draw outcomes and winner payments.
Your protection and privacy is important to us. Our website is also protected by 256-bit encryption technology.
Winners remain anonymous with The Lottery Office. Sign up for your chance to win from the draws of the biggest lotteries in the world today!
Which states can US lottery winners remain anonymous?
Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.
Can you remain anonymous with The Lottery Office?
If you play lottery with The Lottery Office and win, there’s no need for a disguise! Lottery Office winners aren’t under any obligation to reveal their identity (unless you want to of course), you can remain anonymous and enjoy your prize money in complete privacy.
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