Is Privacy Worth Giving Up More Than Half a Billion Dollars?
The question in the headline doesn't have an easy answer for some and has a quick and VERY easy one for others.
I'm talking about the woman in New Hampshire who recently won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot but wants to remain anonymous.
That, of course, might cost her that extraordinary purse.
But, then again, it might not.
She has, naturally, retained an attorney and the New Hampshire lottery people are saying she "should be able to claim her winnings," but a judge will ultimately decide.
But this all would've been a lot easier had she set up a trust and identified that trust on the purchased ticket she signed.
It SEEMS like she's going to be good to go now that a trust HAS been established.
But here's my point.
The possibility has been there that she wasn't getting the money without publicly revealing her name.
And, as a friend of mine just pointed out, she won PUBLIC money. That's something that never occurred to me.
But let's get back to that original question--who would give up that kind of money in exchange for continued privacy.
Because if you win more than half a billion dollars, people are going to know who you are.
And there will be those who come out the woodwork. If you didn't handle this correctly, you could be in harm's way in one form or another.
Me? I'm not turning down those winnings. I'm keeping my mouth shut once I find out I'm the one and then I'm contacting attorneys and accountants and getting EVERYTHING ironed before I come forward.
And it's not like $559.7 million isn't going to be able to get you the BEST security money can buy.
Lottery winnings. Will there ever come a time when that ISN'T a tricky situation to navigate?