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Robert Pagliarini Quoted in New York Times Column on the Lottery

Robert Pagliarini was quoted in a New York Times column by John Tierney titled “How to Win the Lottery (Happily)“.

Here is an excerpt:

If you have won the lottery, or if you plan to do so, please keep reading this column. The information is vital not just to your happiness but also to the progress of social science.

It has taken a few decades, but that research has finally been done. The findings are good news for those who hit the jackpot — and for the rest of us who want to get off that hedonic treadmill.

Last year, a $400 million Powerball jackpot was collected anonymously in South Carolina, which does not require public disclosure of the winner. Most other states do, but just because lotteries crave publicity doesn’t mean you have to provide it. Robert Pagliarini, a financial adviser in California specializing in “sudden wealth” clients, says it’s often possible to keep your identity secret (which he definitely advises) by setting up a trust or a company to receive the prize money.

Would anonymity prevent the curse even for huge jackpots? Dr. Norton and several other psychologists would like to join me in testing that hypothesis. But before the researchers can ask any questions, we have to find a sample of subjects.

We know you secret winners are out there. You have the power to disprove the curse of the lottery once and for all by writing to me (or having your lawyer do it). We promise to protect your anonymity. And we swear we won’t ask you to share the money.

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