The Mega Millions jackpot has once again reached over $1 billion currently sitting at $1.1 billion as of January 10. But what should you do if you win big? A local attorney has some advice.

21 News spoke with local attorney, Jamie Dietz from Friedman & Rummell Co. LPA in Canfield, who deals with lottery trusts. Dietz tells us his biggest piece of advice for Ohioans is to contact a professional lawyer to claim the prize anonymously.

Dietz says this is recommended to avoid unwanted contacts as a result of you winning the prize.

To do this, Dietz explains you must go through two different trusts: a passive trust and a custodial trust. Effectively, the trust claims the prize and the prize is claimed in the name of the trustee.

Dietz went on to recommend your trustee to be someone unrelated to you and independent.

From there, the passive trust grants the prize and the custodial trust is the beneficiary of the passive trust. 

Dietz says you shouldn't limit yourself to just lawyers for advise, but financial experts such as financial advisors and accountants too, as they can help you address your funds while maintaining your anonymity. 

It's important to make sure these advisors or accountants are trustworthy.

Dietz also reminds folks that while claiming the prize anonymously is legal in the State of Ohio, other states prohibit residents from doing this including Pennsylvania.

Shenango Valley residents who win the prize should contact a trustworthy financial advisor or accountant to determine their best course of action should they win.

The next drawing will take place Tuesday, January 10, and you can watch it right here on 21 WFMJ at 11:00 p.m.