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QUESTION: Hi.  I'm not sure if you can answer this or not, but I have a question about lottery winnings.  I know that in certain states lottery winners are forced to come forward publicly and claim their prize if it's over a certain amount, but is there a way to avoid this?  Thanks

ANSWER: Hello Dee,

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I suppose part of the lottery rules about publicly claiming the prize are directed at promoting the future lottery players.  I suggest that you review the rules of the contest you are interested in, and if you are a bashful winner, hire an attorney to help you minimze your exposure.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Morgan Smith
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conciliation Court * Civil Litigation * Forfeitures * Construction * Family Law

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QUESTION: But, could an attorney actually publicly claim the prize on behalf of the winner so the winner won't have to do the press conference?

Hi Dee,

The same rules pertaining to my original answer apply here.

In response to your follow up, I am reminded of my old contracts professor who admonished exciteable students to always begin at the beginning.  The answer to your question depends on the rules of the particular lottery you are interested in and the laws of your state.  So, I suggest that you and your attorney obtain the rules of the lottery and examine any relevant state laws.  It is possible to imagine a contest that may require a winner to personally participate in promotional photographs, etc.  So begin at the beginning and do a little homework.

If applicable, congratulations.

Morgan Smith
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conciliation Court * Civil Litigation * Forfeitures * Construction * Family Law  

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