With the billion dollar Powerball drawing coming up, I figured that I should cover all my bases in case I win and finally get to build that solid gold house I’ve always wanted. It makes me nervous that I could be holding a slip of paper that’s worth a billion dollars, so what should one do to safely claim something like this? Obviously, if the ticket is sold, they already know it through their computers, but I’m guessing its more than simply showing up at your local 7-11 and asking for a billion dollars in one’s.
First, you have to have the paper right? So if the ticket you own is the real deal, what’s the first thing you should do? Take pictures and video of it, and email it to yourself in case you misplace it?
I’m assuming you don’t next mail this to the lottery people, what if it gets lost in the mail? For something of that amount, would it be safer if I simply flew up to the Powerball offices and hand-deliver it so they can verify the ticket? And it goes without saying that you don’t show this to anyone if they want to look at it, lest they try to run off with it and you have to murder them, right?
I’ve seen news reports of people winning and getting that big novelty check, I’m guessing that’s a setup when they verify you and do a little news story right? And should there be news cameras around, would it be smart to get them to film you holding the ticket so that even if it gets stolen or lost, you at least have proof of it?
Has anyone ever won an amount that is more than the store can pay and had to go through this? What are the steps? And how soon do you start getting checks and I can start buying gold?