Every day, millions take their chances at winning the Mega Millions lottery. Even with low odds of winning, many keep trying to become the next big millionaire. People that do win the massive award often dream big. However, one person behind it all advises winners to do one major thing first.

With Pen In Hand

Mega Millions director Gordon Medenica has a vast schedule filled with important decisions. Over his 10 year career, he’s seen countless lives change with a winning ticket. While appearing on the Today show, Medenica gave some strong advice to the next Mega Millions winner.

“Sign the ticket! Because keep in mind that little slip of paper is a billion-dollar bill — imagine that. So you want to secure it and also be calm. Don’t be running to the ‘Today’ show the next day,” he said.

Keeping It A Secret

Many people will often forget to sign their ticket before cashing it in. If you lose an unsigned ticket, someone else can sign it and claim your prize. Many times, people refuse to sign it due to their identity being released to the public.

Certain states won’t allow you to simply cash in your ticket anonymously. In 2018, a woman in New Hampshire couldn’t claim her $560 million Powerball jackpot without revealing her identity. “When somebody wins a public lottery of $560 million, there is a public interest in knowing who the winner was, and that it is a fair and equitable process,” attorney general John J. Conforti said in court.

Some Time To Think

Fortunately, there’s hope for those needing some time to process everything. You’ll have between six to twelve months to officially claim the Mega Millions prize. Medenica states that ticket holders should certainly seek professionals for help.

“Get some good advice, get a good financial adviser, good lawyer, tax accountant, all that. Get your affairs in order,” he said. Be prepared to spend your money wisely; it may seem like a lot now, but it will go fast if you’re not careful!