March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM ET
Cynthia Stafford, who won $112 million in the California lottery, appeared on CNBC Thursday to offer advice to potential winners of Friday’s Mega Millions record jackpot, now worth $640 million.
She recommended winners take deep breaths, enjoy a little celebration of their success. But she also advised winners to seek out a good financial planner.
“Someone who is good working with large sums of money […] who can protect you,” she said.
Since winning her millions in 2007, Stafford said she has invested in a few online companies and has started her own production company.