Espinosa, 41, said he was most likely the one who printed the winning ticket since he spends most of his waking hours working the counter at the deli, which his father has owned for more than 15 years. The winner in New York has one year to claim his or her prize, which may be paid out in annual installments or as a one-time award.
And while it's roughly half the size of this week's winning Mega Millions jackpot, the amount is nothing to sneeze at. In some states, however, you might be able to collect your windfall via a trust or other legal entity to keep your name out of the public eye. Slow down and be methodical.
If you must come forward, here are some expert tips for trying to protect your privacy if you manage to beat the odds. Mandi, who plays the lottery regularly, said he had picked his numbers using a special technique that he would not disclose.
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Get this delivered to your inbox, and more info about our products and services. Then he went to the counter to claim his prize: Before the drawing, as your mind raced about how you would spend the jackpot — maybe buy a boat, pay off student loans or move to the mountains — you might have considered sharing some with family members and friends.
If you can't remain anonymous when you collect your winnings, shut down your social media accounts in advance, said Jason Kurland, a partner at Rivkin Radler, a law firm in Uniondale, New York. Get In Touch.
Read her story here. Sarah O'Brien sarahtgobrien. Top 10 lottery jackpots Rank. Only a handful of states allow you to claim lottery wins anonymously.
Of course, you could choose to take your winnings spread out over three decades and pay taxes on it along the way. Siciliano has given that critical advice to jackpot winners who have hired him to help them collect their prizes.