All the lottery players have this inherent desire to win a significant jackpot someday that can change their fortunes forever. If this desire of yours gets fulfilled, then it is evident that you will be on cloud nine, but you need to behave with restraint. You need to prepare yourself well to claim that vast amount of money. There are things that you need to do before claiming the prize money and also after getting the money. Let’s see in detail what to do before claiming the prize money.

Take Your Time before Breaking the News to Others

If you have hit the jackpot, you are definitely among the destiny’s chosen few, but keep your excitement in check. Take some time for the news to sink in. Till then, stay calm and composed and resist from telling anyone that you are now a millionaire. Share the story only with a selected few whom you can trust and know that they will keep your secret safe.

Secure Your Ticket

If you have played on an online platform, you will have a secure ticket in digitalized form. If you purchased a physical card, you need to take steps to keep it safe. Make some copies of the original ticket in case you need to give it to your financial consultant or lawyer. Sign on the back of the original lottery ticket and keep it safe in a secure place. It is like a bearer cheque with a considerable amount filled in it, so don’t trust it with anyone. Unless you produce this ticket in physical form, you can’t claim your winnings.

Read All The Instructions

Every lottery has some specific rules and regulations that are either printed on the ticket or are available on the lottery website (for example, the claiming process, the date and time by which you need to make your claim for the winning amount).

Hire A Team of Experts

You will be getting a massive sum of money, and thus it’s better to hire a team of experts who can advise you on how to deal with it most efficiently. The team should consist of a good lawyer and a financial advisor who has expertise in dealing with a large sum of money. The people you choose should be competent enough to provide you with the right advice regarding the legal, financial and tax-related issues.

Take An Account

You should be ready with an account of existing liabilities, the lifestyle you want to follow, family and charity goals etc. You might be tempted to lead a luxurious life after this win, but to become financially free forever, you have to find the right balance between your luxuries and investments. If you succeed in making the right kind of investments with or without the help of your financial advisor, the returns from these investments will provide you with a regular income for your luxuries for life.

These are a few of the things that you need to take care of before presenting your claim for the prize money.

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