No. Florida Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide the winner’s name, city of residence, game won, date won and amount won to any third party who requests the information; however Florida Lottery winners’ home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential.
Do Florida lottery winners have to go public?
Right now only seven states allow lottery winners to maintain their anonymity: Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and South Carolina. And six states also allow people to form a trust to claim prize money anonymously. California entirely forbids lottery winners to remain anonymous.
Can you form a trust to collect lottery winnings in Florida?
The way a trust works is to transfer your winning ticket into the name of the trust. Then, the winnings can be claimed on behalf of the trust by your attorney or by the trustee. A lottery trust is also helpful when you share your winning lotto ticket with another party.
How long does it take to receive Florida lottery winnings?
To claim your prize by mail, simply mail the ticket(s), along with a Winner Claim Form (for prizes valued at $600 or more), and the documentation listed under the “Required Documentation” section. Tickets mailed to Florida Lottery Headquarters or district offices are processed in approximately 30 – 45 days*.
How can I remain anonymous if I win the lottery?
You can’t remain anonymous. California makes public the name of the winner and the location where the ticket was bought. Even if you create a trust to claim the prize, your name will be revealed. You are not, however, required to show up for the press conference and the photo with the large check.
Can lottery winners give money to family?
Essentially, there is no limit to the amount of lottery winnings you can gift to a family member. This relates to the general rule that you can gift however much money you like. That said, any amount of money gifted that’s above your annual allowances could be subject to inheritance tax.
What kind of trust is best for lottery winnings?
The irrevocable trust has advantages for lottery winners in that all assets transferred into the trust no longer belong to you. Although you lose control over the trust after creating it, you provide instructions to the trustee on how to manage money and assets in the trust.
How do lottery winners deposit their money?
Future payments can be mailed directly to your home address or to your financial institution for deposit into your account. At this time, the Lottery does not offer Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT). For more information, contact the Lottery’s Prize Payments Annuity Desk.