Winning the lottery is a dream come true for many people, but once you’ve won, it’s important to protect your winnings. For one thing, it’s important to keep your name out of the news, and keeping your winnings anonymous will prevent scammers from trying to take advantage of you. Second, it’s important to protect your winnings from long-lost friends and family members who might want to steal them.
In one case, a lottery winner had to fight for his money. After winning $16.2 million in 1988, William “Bud” Post had his brother kill him, and his ex-girlfriend sued for his share. Eventually, he died in debt and couldn’t pay back his debts. But it’s not all bad.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing for over three months, and if it hits the jackpot, it would be the fourth-largest lottery prize ever won in the U.S. If a winning ticket is picked, the prize would be worth an estimated $241 million. However, it’s unlikely that anyone will win a jackpot that high, but it’s possible.
Some people won so much money that they’re unable to live on it, but they still don’t get around the law. In fact, some of the largest jackpots were paid out to those with the most money to spend it on. A major lottery winner, for example, spent PS152 million on a vacation to the Canary Islands, a wedding, and a house. But before his wife could even spend the money, she went to jail for tax evasion.