Winning the lottery is something that everyone ardently dreams of. And why wouldn’t you? Winning a lottery or hitting a million-dollar jackpot has a microscopically small probability. But what if you find this wildest dream to come true one day? Imagine being rich suddenly overnight. It will be a life-changing moment. But sadly, that also comes with a lot of repercussions. Think of all the attention it will receive for the wrong reasons or the security issues you’re going to face if you fail to preserve anonymity after a lottery win.
Here are five brilliant reasons to stay anonymous after winning a lottery
- There will be requests for favors.
- Those around you will judge you.
- Security concerns may arise.
- Your family may be exposed to risks.
- You will feel the effects on your personal life.
1. There will be requests for favors
Whether it’s your irritating and nosy neighbors, your distant relatives you didn’t know of, or your so-called friends, everyone will ask you for some favor or another. And lots of them! It may even be requested that you lend them some money or provide them with extravagant gifts. You might have planned to use the money judiciously after hitting the jackpot. Anonymous people’s money disappears after anonymity is lost. You will also receive lots of bothersome calls and emails from random strangers asking you to pay for their expenses. So to avoid uncomfortable and embarrassing situations when you have to say no to such people, it’s advisable to stay anonymous.
2. You will be judged by society
The moment your picture is printed in the newspaper or telecasted on local news channels about your big win, lots of societies and organizations will knock on your door. People pressure you to donate money to charity or their organization. Or lawsuits might extract money from you on the pretext of your past debts. If you don’t fall into their demands, you will be judged and tagged by society as unkind, greedy, selfish, and unethical. In such cases, it is wise not to reveal your identity while claiming your prize.
3. Security issues will exist
Rich people have difficulty sleeping at night. Reason – security concerns related to your prize money. You can lose it all in a second if everyone knows about your secret win. This can happen by falling victim to various scams that promise to double your prize money but empty your pockets in reality. There may be thieves trying to get into your house and steal something you only got lucky with once. Chances are also that your relatives and friends will try to lure you into scams to extract money from you. Thus, it is best advised to conceal your secret win from everyone.
4. You will put your family at risk
If you think winning the lottery is the luckiest thing in the world, you might be wrong. Not only will you be concerned about your safety, but also your family’s. As much as you’re expected to be bothered by random strangers and close friends seeking favors from you, so is your family. People will gossip about you and your family and you’ll be the talk of the town. And there might also be security concerns such as threats, kidnappings, and blackmailing. You might reveal your loved one’s privacy in the wrong way if you remove your anonymity.
5. Your personal life will be affected
Sure, revealing your jackpot win to acquaintances might be an unwise idea, but what about your dearest ones? There have been cases in the past, where family relationships have been compromised and ruined because of the controversy of sharing prize money. There have also been cases where family members reveal the lottery winner’s secret lucky win to others. The result is emotionally charged accusations, arguments, and exchanges. It has also resulted in jealousy and hatred creeping in among the closest people. Roller coasters can be daunting for some. It would cause unnecessary stress and hardship and ruin the strongest bonds. So, it’s a wise idea to keep your plan a secret to yourself and make plans carefully.
Winning a lottery can be a source of fame, but it can also cause a lot of hardships that have never been experienced before. Speaking of that, some countries like the US, UK, Australia, and China allow individuals to keep their identities private. It is often said that ‘precaution is better than cure. So if you have won a lottery or might hit the jackpot in the future, it is advisable to be cautious and stay anonymous while accepting your prize money.