Lotto winner choses Anonymity - I doubt she gets it

The $26 Million Mega Millions lotto winner this week in Maryland has chosen to remain anonymous. BUT I seriously doubt she will get her wish because she violated the rules.

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previous posts I’ve talked about the book I’m writing called “Read This BEFORE You Win the Lottery” One of the very first rules in the book for lottery winners is, “Keep Your Mouth Shut”. If you call your grown daughter and then your fiancee telling them that you’ve won the lottery, considering human nature, at least 64 people knew who had won within 24 hours. Those 64 will tell another 124 people and within a week everyone in her neighborhood will know she won.

She also violated another rule about consulting legal and financial professionals before claiming the lottery win. This woman didn’t take time to have good consultations with financial, tax and legal professionals. She discovered she won Wednesday and the prize was claimed the next day. If she had taken time to get advice, being 48 years old, she should have opted for taking the $26 million lottery jackpot winnings over the 26 year annuity term, bringing in around $640,000 a year after taxes. However, she chose a one time cash payout of $12.6 million before taxes. If she’s lucky she may wind up with $6.9 million after her tax bill.

I fear this poor woman is going to wind up in the pile of lottery winners who go bankrupt in a couple of years. With a little planning she could have been set for life. That being said, here’s the story from the Maryland Lottery.
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Before going to bed Tuesday night, a Mount Airy, MD man joked with his fiancée that they would wake up millionaires. Come Wednesday morning, they were.

The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, said she checked the winning Mega Million numbers online Wednesday morning and found that her ticket matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball. She called her daughter and had her double-check the winning numbers before calling her fiancé to share the $26 million news.
After choosing the cash option, they will take home $12.6 million after taxes.

“I am still in denial,” said the 48-year-old grandmother of two in a news release. “I even drove by the store (Mount Airy Shell,649 Lakeview Drive) the next day to see if it was real. One look at the parking lot with all the news vans and I knew it was true.”

The lucky winner, who babysits her grandchildren, playfully told her daughter that she could no longer watch the kids — unless it was at the beach. That’s because the 48-year-old retiree plans to buy a beach house — or two. “This will be the first time anyone from our family has ever owned a home,” the winner told Lottery officials.

This is the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland since three public education employees shared the $218.6 million portion of the record-breaking $656 million jackpot from March 2012, according to Maryland Lottery officials.