Everyone is jumping on their favorite social channels to tell the world what they would do if they won the $1.02 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The one lump sum cash payout is a measly $602.5 million, by the way. What people would do with the cash is all over the place. Even Spiderman chimed in on this subject.

I overheard an interesting conversation between two people talking about this particular subject and one of them said they would foot the bill to get Mexican pizzas back at Taco Bell. The other person said they would save those choco-taco ice cream treats. Both are solid answers and so is this one.

But, in all seriousness, there are a few more important things to do (and not do) if you win this massive cash prize or even a smaller amount. An article published by TODAY shared some tips experts highly encourage winners to follow. Most of these are no-brainers but may slip your mind while you try to comprehend that you actually one a bajillion dollars.

Should you win a giant jackpot like the $1.02 billion, do not tell anyone. Make sure you fill out the back of the ticket immediately but don't sign it until you're claiming the prize in person. Also, get in touch with a lawyer and financial advisor stat, don't delay.

Don't share the news on social networks, in fact, delete them all. You're not going to want to be reachable for various reasons. Experts also recommend changing your phone number right away.

Have your friend get you a prepaid phone, purchased with cash, which you can register with any area code.

Get out of dodge, leave town, GTFO. Don't return until the hype has subsided. If you do stay in the area don't go buying big expensive flashy things. Live modestly for six months to a year before and sit on that cash. Don't make it obvious that you now have more money than any child star from the 1980s.

Do you have to publicly come forward if you win Mega Millions in Illinois?


Many people wonder if you have to be identified as the winner or if you can choose to remain anonymous. The answer is actually convoluted. If you win $250,000 or more you may "request" to keep your name and where you a mystery. You have to make this request at the same time you claim your prize but even then the Illinois Lottery may ask you to step forward anyway.

In addition, multimillion-dollar winners may be asked to participate in publicity events (e.g., publicly receiving an oversized souvenir check).

You can read their long-form explanation about this here.

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