In this thread, the following statement was made:
Is this even possible?
Having the money from winning the lottery would be a cool thing, but the actual act of winning would put you on an awful lot of lists. There was a short article in Forbes magazine once about me and a company I’d started. I thought it was marvelous at first. Then the calls began. Sometimes dozens of them in a day. Stock brokers, “investment counselors,” people with business ideas, salesmen, insurance reps, you name it. They all wanted a piece of my (nonexistent) money. At first, I politely explained that all of my money was tied up in this company I’d started and I didn’t have any to invest. Then I started just saying “I’m not interested” over and over until they hung up (the futures brokers from NYC were the worst–a number of them said “fuck you idiot” before hanging up–and I’d sometimes get five or ten calls from the same firm). I finally started hanging up as soon as I found out who they were. This went on for months.
I believe the lotteries in all the states reserve the right to use your name and photograph in their advertising. I can’t even imagine having a public announcement that I’d won $10 million or more. The circling vultures would make life pretty miserable.
So is it actually possible to create an alias or a DBA or a dummy corporation, have the check sent there, and avoid publicity? Is there any way to win and not have your name announced?