Won Mega Millions? Lottery Lawyer Offers 5 First Steps

July 24, 2018 | Trusts & Estates

Uniondale, New York – With the Mega Millions jackpot at $512 million, now is the perfect time to know what steps to take in case you win.

Jason M. Kurland, known as The Lottery Lawyer, shares this advice:

  1. Verify the numbers: If you think you’ve won, verify the winning numbers on the official Mega Millions website, then make sure your ticket not only has those same numbers but the correct drawing date.
  2. Sign the back: The ticket becomes official only when you sign the back. It’s very important to write small, leaving plenty of room next to your signature. After meeting with an attorney, you may want to claim the ticket in the name of a trust, partnership or other entity type. The space next to your name will allow you to also write “member,” “partner,” or “trustee,” for example. Note: Check with your state’s laws to find out if you can claim your lottery winnings anonymously or as part of a trust. Contact your lottery lawyer for advice.
  3. Copy and hide the ticket: Once signed, immediately photocopy the front and back of the ticket, then put the ticket in the safest place possible – ideally a safe deposit box. From now on, you will only work with a copy of the winning ticket, not the original.
  4. Keep quiet: Aside from immediate family and close friends, no one should know you’ve won. Otherwise, long-lost friends and family will come out of the woodwork wanting a piece of your newfound fortune.
  5. Disappear: Leave town on the day you claim your prize. The world, and the media that serves it, will want to meet the latest millionaire, whether for news stories, charitable donations, other solicitations or simple curiosity. For a few days, disappear with your loved ones.
    Jason is available to discuss all aspects of lottery law.

About Jason Kurland

Jason has been representing major lottery winners for the bulk of his career. He represented the Putnam Avenue Family Trust, the high-profile winner of the Connecticut Powerball $254.2 million lottery in 2011, which was the largest Powerball jackpot in the state of Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history. He also represented the $336.4 million Rhode Island Powerball jackpot winner, which was the largest Powerball jackpot won in that state and the third largest in the United States.

Jason is a partner in the Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use and Trusts & Estates practice groups at Rivkin Radler LLP, a nationally recognized law firm employing approximately 180 attorneys across five offices.

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