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A woman jokingly holds up her Mega Millions Lotto tickets she purchased from Baycrest Wines & Spirits in Costa Mesa and proclaims, ‘I’ve got the winning ticket.’ (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
State laws against anonymity can help maintain the transparency of lottery wins. For the winner, however, coming forward can be stressful.
“Not only do they have to deal with the stress of a media event, and answering questions from a room full of cameras and reporters, but they’re also concerned about their safety and the safety of their family,” said Jason Kurland, a partner at Rivkin Radler, a law firm in Uniondale, New York.
The $868 million haul marks the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions’ history. Between it and Powerball’s top prize of $345 million, a combined $1.2 billion is waiting for winners. The next drawings are Wednesday night for Powerball and Friday night for Mega Millions.