Massachusetts State Lottery: $15 million prize, $10 million prize gained in June however we nonetheless don’t know the winners
Some of the biggest June Massachusetts State Lottery winners went unidentified.
On June 10, the LT Trust of Millis requested a $ 15 million prize for the Massachusetts State Lottery instant game “Massachusetts Millionaires’ Club”.
The trust, represented by Michael O’Keeffe, chose the cash option for the award and received a pre-tax payment of $ 9,750,000.
Similarly, on June 22, the Scout Trust of Boston claimed a $ 10 million prize for the Massachusetts State Lottery instant game “$ 10,000,000 Mega Fortune”.
The Trust, represented by Trustee Matthew R. Hillery, selected the cash option for the award and received a pre-tax payment of $ 6.5 million.
But the winner’s name was never revealed.
There are at least nine states – Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, North Dakota, and Ohio – that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Even if Massachusetts does not directly allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, it can still happen.
Massachusetts allows lottery winners to set up a trust. The trustee can then hand in the winning ticket, accept the check and deposit it into a bank account set up for the beneficiaries.
In June there were six lottery winners who chose to use trust companies to get their winnings. The $ 15 million prize and the $ 10 million prize were the two biggest prizes of the month.
In 2020, Massachusetts had 34 trusts claiming awards of $ 100,000 or more.
“One of the most common pieces of advice new lottery winners get from others is to stay anonymous as much as possible,” says the Baker Law Group website. “If your name and photo get published, there’s a good chance you’ll be quickly bothered with phone calls and money claims.”
The law firm allows the winners to text them or call them to get things started quickly.
“The longer you don’t get the ticket signed, the more you risk someone taking it and claiming it for themselves,” the website says. “If you need to sign it before the trust is created, sign it in small letters so you have room to add trustees and the name of the trust you are going to set up.”
The legal group signed for at least one lottery winner last year.
A Diamond Millions game won $ 1 million on October 8, 2020. It was bought from Sunoco in Haverhill. The winner remains unknown, only listed as the Baker Law Group.
But the winners are not entirely anonymous.
Lottery spokesman Christian Teja previously told The Republican that the secrecy only affects the public. All members of a trust must be identified by the lottery for their internal records.
The lottery passes the names of people in a trust by other government agencies, including the State Department of Revenue, the Child Support Enforcement Division, the Office of the State Comptroller, and the Department of Transitional Assistance. The names of the winners will be checked to see if they owe the state money for child support, income taxes, tuition, and fees to state colleges or mass health payments. In this case, the amount owed from the profit will be attached.
Still, the average person may never know that their neighbor has recently become a millionaire.
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