Can You Remain Anonymous If You Win The Lottery In Washington State?

Winning the lottery is everyone's dream. Can you imagine what you would do with the money if you won the Mega Millions or Powerball?

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Only 9 States Allow Lottery Winners To Not Reveal Their Identities

I've often thought about what I would do if I won the lottery but it also got me thinking about how many people will come out of the woodwork looking to get some of my newfound cash.

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I saw a great video of a winner in Jamaica where they wore a "Scream" movie mask as they picked up their millions from the lottery.

We can all imagine why some people wait until the last minute to turn in their winnings for the fear of being "hounded" for their money.

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Winning The Lottery In Washington State Takes Some Navigating And Legal Help

It might surprise you to discover that you can't always keep your identity a secret if you win millions or even billions. Washington State is one state where keeping your winnings a secret might not be possible.

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The website liveabout.com, explains which states allow a lottery winner to stay anonymous:

Most states have chosen to require winners to reveal their identities. So far, only nine have decided in favor of letting winners choose whether to go public or not.

Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, North Dakota, and Ohio.
Some of these states have restrictions about how large the prize has to be before you can claim it anonymously.

There are several ways in Washington State that you can still protect your winnings even if you can't hide your identity.

You could set up a blind trust with specific guidelines to manage your money and hire financial experts to safeguard your money.

There are several ways to avoid the onslaught of fandom that you'll suddenly receive.

I'd recommend putting a Batman mask on to pick up your Washington State lottery winnings, I'm sure that will get everyone buzzing.

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