Between late 2016 and early 2017, Powerball handed out a record breaking $1.6 billion in winnings in the span of three jackpots. That large amount was shared between Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt, Mae Acosta (and her husband Marvin), and John and Lisa Robinson. These five people are winners of the biggest amount of prizes handed out by a lottery in the world. Even though these winners decided to use their money in different ways, here are a couple of things lottery winner should know.
Do not rush for your prize.
Two of the three couples decided to claim their prize at a later date than the soonest available. The reason for their move was to create a proper team of experts that will be able to handle their newfound income in the best way possible. Only John and Lisa Robinson decided to go public as soon as they heard they were winners. The couple appeared on the Today Show as one of the big winners, a decision they quickly regretted. “I was afraid of my life 90% of the time. I didn’t even dare to drive on the interstate because someone tried to rob me after the show.” John explained to the National Inquirer. So take your time, assemble your team and make sure you can remain anonymous if possible.
Control what people know about you
As you wait to claim your winnings the news that you are the winner might leak to the media. If that is the case, it is of extreme importance that you avoid taking interviews because that might attract unwanted attention. If no one knows that you are the winner, then try your hardest to keep silent about it. Maureen and David went to work and carried on with their lives as usual after finding out they are multi-millionaires. They even avoided informing their grown children about winning the lottery. “I even told my eldest that I lost the lotto, and kept talking like if nothing happened,” Maureen explained to the National Inquirer. People will want a piece of you as soon as they know you are a winner, so it is important you protect your privacy for as long as possible. You want to enjoy life, not be concern about it.
Try to live in a normal fashion and enjoy it!
When more people think about the winning the lottery, they think about quitting their jobs and living like a celebrity. Experts and these three couples disagree with those sentiments. John and Lisa decided to travel around and help people to keep some sense of regularity. John said to the National Inquirer, “You can’t sit down and lay down and not do nothing anymore. Because how long are you going to last?” That said, they all agreed that you just need to enjoy life. Winning the lottery is not about stressing over things. It is about knowing that your life is much better than it will ever be. So relax, get advice, and enjoy your life! You are a millionaire now.