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10 things NOT to do if you win a billion dollars

The winning $1.537-billion Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold in South Carolina. Although some people have managed to lose a billion dollars, it’s clearly very hard to do. But there are many other mistakes the newly-minted billionaire can make.

How would you handle that incredible amount of money? What would you do? After the initial elation, it’s pretty obvious that sort of windfall would bring enormous complications into you life, and even some risks. Here’s what you shouldn’t do:

1. Don’t tell people: Lottery winners get nothing but scrutiny, scam artists, and appeals for money. If it’s allowed by the lottery in your state, keep it anonymous, say advisers.

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