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Missouri legislature considering lottery winner anonymity

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Lottery would not be able to release the names and addresses of prize winners under a bill presented to a Missouri House committee on Thursday.

Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship.

She cited constant phone calls, harassment and loss of privacy as consequences of people knowing the identities of lottery winners. She also said winning big prizes could even result in death. A Chicago man died in July just before he was to collect a $425,000 prize from a scratch-off ticket. His death was ruled a homicide in January.

But Philip Smith of the Missouri Lottery told committee members that revealing a winner's identity provides legitimacy to the lottery.

"To ensure the integrity and to have the public have confidence in our games they have to know that people do win prizes by people purchasing tickets," he said.

Walton Gray said she understands the need to sell tickets and would agree to a compromise that would keep some personal information secret.

Smith said the lottery tries to respect the wishes of winners to remain anonymous, but the identities of prize winners are subject to Missouri's Sunshine Law, making identity information available to open records request.

Of the 44 states with lottery games, only Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota and Ohio allow blanket anonymity for winners. Other states, including Michigan, New Jersey and Arizona, are considering similar privacy protections.

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Posted: March 28, 2013, 6:53 pm - IP Logged

Sounds good for Mizzou.

The lottery is NOT a tax on the poor.  By calling it a tax, you are calling it mandatory, which is what taxes are.  But the lottery is NOT mandatory, therefore calling it a tax highly inaccurate.


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    Posted: March 28, 2013, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

    Forecasting cloudy days for the "sunshine law"

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      Posted: March 28, 2013, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

      Awesome, these people need to realise that some winners lives are at risk. There are some crazy people out there and when money is involved it is even worse. Home invasions can end up with deaths.

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        Question: for those states like California that currently do not offer anonymity, are winners required to have a news conference? Can the winner ask the lottery not to post their picture but only the name and city?


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          Question: for those states like California that currently do not offer anonymity, are winners required to have a news conference? Can the winner ask the lottery not to post their picture but only the name and city?

          I think people can form a trust and send a rep. to do appearances.

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            I think people can form a trust and send a rep. to do appearances.

            Can a winner form a trust if they already sign their name on the back of the ticket?

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              Posted: March 28, 2013, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

              I think people can form a trust and send a rep. to do appearances.

              I'm not so sure.  That used to be the common wisdom about these things, but for many states you have no way to hide from the lottery -- if you want the money, that is.  Case In Point

               

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                Posted: March 28, 2013, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

                Can a winner form a trust if they already sign their name on the back of the ticket?

                Good question. Maybe Artist or someone who knows can jump in and help answer that.


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                  I'm not so sure.  That used to be the common wisdom about these things, but for many states you have no way to hide from the lottery -- if you want the money, that is.  Case In Point

                  Great story, makes you wonder about all the ways an "illegal" lottery ticket purchase can be made?

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                    Posted: March 28, 2013, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

                    I am sure we'll see many more states follow suit.

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                      I am sure we'll see many more states follow suit.

                      I sure hope you're right sully16.

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                        I am sure we'll see many more states follow suit.

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: March 28, 2013, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

                          Can a winner form a trust if they already sign their name on the back of the ticket?

                          this is from the 2013 Winner's Handbook from the California Lottery website: http://www.calottery.com/win/winners-handbook

                          "There will be immediate interest in your story. History tells us the media will likely attempt to contact you. Their efforts are made easier in this day of internet search engines. With that in mind, we urge you to consider taking part in a news conference. We’ll take the headache away by doing the planning for you. Winners have been better able to satisfy these media requests in one shot and get on with their lives"

                          It says they "urge" you to take part in the news conference. Which means the news conference is optional.

                           

                          Here is other quotes from the first page:

                           

                          "You can form a trust prior to claiming your prize, but understand that your name is still public and reportable."

                          "According to public disclosure laws, your name is public record. The name and location of the retailer who sold the winning ticket, the date you won, whether your numbers were a Quick Pick® or your own numbers and the amount of your winnings are also matters of public record and are subject to disclosure."

                           

                           

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                            If this law passes I'll pack up the truck and move the 3 miles to Missouri.Heck,most of the people who work in my hometown live in Missouri or Illinois as it is.Taxes in Missouri are cheaper than Iowas on lottery winnings,too.