Anonymous Wins $202M Powerball: If you won the lottery, would you go public?

Powerball Winning Numbers - $338M Powerball jackpot ticket sold to lucky person in New JerseyMissouri has $202M Powerball jackpot winner. A winning Powerball ticket worth $206 Million was sold in Missouri, Lottery officials announced Monday.

The ticket for Saturday’s drawing was sold at Gateway News inside Union Station in downtown St. Louis. The ticket holder has not yet come forward

If you won the lottery, would you go public?

Winning the lottery is a dream for most people; and it definitely is for every person who buys a ticket for the lottery. But if that dream came true and you happened to land the jackpot, would you waive your right to anonymity, and let the world know you’d won?

You’d think that keeping schtum would make for a quieter life. You could keep the information to yourself and only share the news with the people you chose to tell. By doing so, you would hopefully reduce the number of people asking you for financial help and favours. Maybe you could even carry on living a normal life even though you wouldn’t have to lift a finger again?

It depends of course, whether you’re an individual who has won or whether you’ve won as part of a syndicate. If you’re in a syndicate you’d be advised to make these decisions as a group before a win happens, so that you are all in agreement about what you’d do. Some people are hesitant about joining syndicates because of the potential difficulties in dealing with a shared win. However, it’s now possible to create a lottery syndicate for real buddies quickly and easily on Lottoland. All you do is login or create your own Lottoland account, then click on the recommend a friend button. Add in the email addresses of as many friends as you want inviting them to join your lottery syndicate online. Then, the first time any of your friends has a lotto win via Lottoland, you’ll get to win the same amount, even if it’s up to a £1 million.

There are pros and cons to both options of anonymity and going public after a big lottery win. Many people choose to share their story publicly. Even though going public will create media attention that may be intrusive, there are other benefits to waiving anonymity. For a start you get more support from lottery officials on coping with media interest in your win.

Others say they went public because they couldn’t face the prospect of keeping such a big secret. Chris and Colin Weir who won the EuroMillions jackpot in 2011 said as much in an interview when they first won – they didn’t want to live a lie, especially if it meant deceiving family and friends.

Winners of the UK National Lottery have an advisor assigned to them by the National Lottery, who remains in contact with them. However, they only get help from the press office if they agree to go public with their win. Many winners wish to remain anonymous, but journalists often manage to discover who the winners are and contact them directly. If you don’t have professional support in handling media attention, it could make the positive experience of winning into a difficult one.

Of course, with some lotteries, winners don’t have the choice of remaining anonymous, and there’s no alternative to going public.

However, at the end of the day, the chance of winning is so slim that deciding whether to remain anonymous or not is something you probably shouldn’t worry about until it actually happens!