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Once you’ve confirmed you’re a winner, sign the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place or lock box until you have advisers to help you with your decision.

Then, Mr. Kurland said, it’s time to roll out of town.

“Some states will make you be front and center, but if you want even an ounce of anonymity, it’s best to lay low or go on vacation.

“I’ve told this to people before: They’re now one of the richest people in the world, and they have to start acting like it.”

But Mr. Kurland admitted that not everyone will require his help after this week’s jackpot drawing.

“You already think it’s going to be possible, there’s anticipation, but 99.9999 percent of people realize they didn’t win,” Mr. Kurland said. “The odds of winning are so astronomical. What you’re really buying is the dream of winning.”

This article is based in part on wire service reports.