A South Carolina resident has come ahead to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October, the largest payout to a single winner in U.S. history. The winner has determined to maintain their identity a secret. That’s smart, specialists say.
Whereas coming into cash will be exhilarating, you might not want to “shout this life-changing news from the rooftops,” says Wealthy Ramassini, an authorized monetary planner and the director of technique and gross sales efficiency at PNC Investments.
As an alternative, maintain a low profile and inform just a few individuals you’re near, if that’s doable, as a result of “cash can change, disrupt or finish relationships,” Ramassini says. “It will possibly result in you listening to from kin or associates you by no means knew existed.”
Tomorrow Rodriguez, who won $1 million on “Deal or No Deal” in 2008, says she nonetheless hesitates to speak about her winnings for that cause: “The worst a part of profitable is usually you discover the folks closest to you deal with you slightly totally different,” she says.
“They are saying you’ve modified, however, it’s not that you just modified — they’ve modified once they can’t get what they need.”
And the New Hampshire girl who won the $559.7 million Powerball jackpot in 2018 truly went to court for — and won — the right to remain unnamed.
It’s probably she would have been “topic to an alarming quantity of harassment, solicitation and different undesirable communications” had her id been made public, the choose wrote in his ruling.
Fortunately for this Mega hundred of thousands winner, South Carolina is one of a handful of states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.