Big Lottery Winners Often Prize Anonymity

Throughout southern Illinois' tiny Red Bud, folks are still giddy that someone has one of three winning tickets for a $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot in their midst. They just wish they knew who.

And observers say the fact that no one has come forward with the Red Bud ticket worth a $218 million share of the jackpot isn't unusual. They even call it wise.

Certified financial planner Susan Bradley is founder of the Sudden Money Institute, a resource center for new money recipients including lottery winners.

She says a winner should take time to hire financial advisers and an attorney.

That's exactly what the winner in Kansas did. Lottery officials there announced Friday that the person decided to remain anonymous.

A third winning ticket was sold in Maryland.

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