A LAWYER has warned lottery winners could be targeted after hitting a big jackpot.
Experts say there are five types of people who might try to claim a share of the prize.
Lawyers at the Whittel & Melton Florida law firms have provided tips for players who win big in the lottery.
They warned that winners should “prepare to be targeted.”
Lawyers said friends and family members could call a winner to ask for old favors.
The winners can also be asked to pay off so-called “old debts”.
Lawyers also warned that strangers could try to snag a share of the profits, as could charities and other organizations.
They said, “When a large sum of money is at stake, people can be downright reckless about getting their share.”
The law firm has advised that lottery winners should not brag about their winnings online.
They also recommended players to hire an attorney who would be able to resolve any disputes.
The law firm said experts can help players create a “barrier” around their winnings.
Lawyers and financial experts from across the country have given players advice on how to manage their newfound fortune.
legal experts Waldron & Schneider warned winners not to rush their prize.
Lottery players often think of that luxurious home, top-of-the-line car, or luxury vacation that they would like to spend money on.
The experts said players might want to consider getting a part-time job or a volunteer job.
They warned that players should think before retiring from work.
The Legal Department also advised players to make copies of their winning slip and beware of scams.
Meanwhile, John M. Phillips, attorney at Phillips, Hunt, Walker & Hannarecommended players to keep their winning ticket in a fireproof place.
He recommended that winners “steer clear of fame” and try to stay humble.
Phillips said: “Fifteen minutes of fame is great, but there will be people coming from the ambush and your name will be everywhere.
“It’s more trouble than it’s worth going public with if you can do something about it.”