A $10 million lottery prize sold at a Massachusetts liquor store was claimed on Tuesday, but the name of the winner has not been announced.
Instead, it was claimed by Oliver Doodle Nominee Trust of Quincy, which was represented by trustee David Spillane.
Massachusetts isn’t one of at least nine states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, but it can still happen.
Massachusetts allows lottery winners to create a trust. It then allows the trustee to be able to return the winning ticket, receive the check and then deposit it in a bank account opened for the benefit of the beneficiaries.
The jackpot claimed on Tuesday was for the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “$10,000,000 Mega Money” instant ticket game. It was purchased from Dairy Mart in Revere, located at 160 Squire Road. The store will also receive a $50,000 bounty for selling this ticket.
The trust receives its prize in the form of a one-time payment, which was $6,500,000 before taxes. Spillane received a check for $4,615,000.
The biggest prize won so far this year was also claimed by a trust.
On March 31, the Fall River PM Investment Trust, which was represented by trustee Joseph H. Silvia, claimed the $15 million prize in a one-time payment of $9,750,000. Silvia then received a check for $6,922,500.
The ticket was for the “Massachusetts Millionaires’ Club” instant ticket game. It was sold at Correia & Sons Market in Somerset, located at 500 Read St.
“One of the most common pieces of advice new lottery winners get from others is to try to remain anonymous as much as possible,” Baker Law Group website states. “If your name and photo are published, chances are you will quickly find yourself harassed with calls and demands for money.”
The law firm allows winners to text or call them to get things done quickly.
“The longer you leave the ticket unsigned, the more likely you are that someone will take it and claim it for themselves,” the website says. “If you must sign it before the trust is created, sign it small so you can leave space to add trustees and the name of the trust you will be setting up.”
But the winners do not remain completely anonymous.
Lottery spokesman Christian Teja previously told the Republican that the secrecy was for the public only. All members of a trust must be identified by the lottery for its internal records.
The lottery puts the names of members of a trust before other state agencies, including the state Department of Revenue, Division of Child Support Enforcement, Office of the Comptroller of State and the Department of Transitional Assistance. Winners’ names are checked to see if they owe the state money for child support, income taxes, state college tuition and fees, or state college payments. mass for health. If this is the case, the amount due is seized from the winnings.