An unemployed Bronx man — who doesn’t even have a bank account — became an instant millionaire last month when he scratched off a winning $5 million lottery ticket.
But state lottery officials told him he can’t do any of that without first posing for photos with an oversize check at a press event on May 24 — something all New Yorkers who win more than $1 million in the lottery have to agree to before they can collect.
The anonymous Bronx man has hired a lawyer to protect his identity, citing previous lottery winners who were hounded and in some cases even killed when their names were publicized. His case is not without precedent. In March, a court ruling in New Hampshire allowed a $560 million Powerball winner to stay anonymous after the judge agreed that big winners are often subject to “repeated solicitation, harassment, and even violence.”
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