“The jackpots are so much larger than they were years ago, which automatically creates more interest,” said Jason Kurland, a partner at Rivkin Radler, a law firm in Uniondale, New York. “And social media lets news of a winner spread so rapidly that it’s impossible to control.”
While some states allow winners to easily remain anonymous, others do not. In some states, as long as you plan ahead, you can create a trust to receive your winnings as a way to avoid your name being attached to the money.
Of course, before you make any plans for claiming your prize, you should assemble a team of professionals who are experienced in helping lottery winners. That includes an attorney — this should be your first call — an accountant and a financial advisor. Choose these people carefully.