Annonymity and Winning the Lottery

If you’re one of the lucky ones who live in a state where you can claim your lottery winnings anonymously then consider yourself already a winner.  We dream of winning the lottery but we rarely think of the consequences that come from winning large sums of money.  Everybody starts to come out of the woodwork, a long-lost cousin you’ve never heard of, a third removed aunt who has never reached out to you before; and they all want the same thing……your money!

         So, which states actually allow you to claim your winnings anonymously?  As of now Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina allow you to claim your winnings without ever letting your identity known to the public.  What’s going on with the rest of the states and what’s the reasoning behind making people claim their winnings using their real name?  Rumor has it that we the people would not believe real people are winning if we didn’t see real names.  Seems crazy, right?  But I guess there are enough people that would believe the lottery is all lies without the identity being revealed that causes these states to feel compelled to use real names. 

         I would love to know your thoughts on the need to reveal the identity of winners versus keeping it anonymous.  Have you ever questioned whether someone actually won in one of the anonymous states?  Let me know in the comments section!

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