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What to do when you win the lottery

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Life-altering sums

The Mega Millions largest jackpot ever was a drawing in March 2012 for $656 million. The second largest, a $648 million prize, was drawn in December of 2013 and split by a winner in North Carolina and one in Atlanta.

Such payouts are rewriting the financial rules about handling extraordinary and sudden good fortune — from dealing with reconfigured lives to getting tax advice.

"Buy that Rolls and save the rest" has become "Lawyer up and start a foundation."

Here are tips on what to do if you are the lucky winner.

By Paul O'Donnell
Originally posted 8 Aug. 2013;
Updated 6 Jan. 2016

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