Can Mega Millions winners remain anonymous?

So is it possible for a Mega Millions jackpot winner to remain anonymous?

In New Jersey and New York, the answer is no.  Only six states allow winners to remain anonymous: Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.  In New Jersey, the lottery commission can release a winner's name in a press release, according to lottery rules.  Jason Kurland, a lawyer familiar with lotteries, told NorthJersey.com "It is possible to claim the jackpot in a trust or other entity, but the NJ Lottery Commission will still release the name of the actual winner." 

The current Mega Millions jackpot is $548 million, making it the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.  The drawing is Friday evening.  

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