Arizona Lottery winners could soon remain anonymous
Those who hit the jackpot in Arizona pay a heavy price when it comes to their privacy, because their names are a matter of public record.
That's no different than a vast majority of states in the U.S.
But if House Bill 2082 makes it through the Arizona Senate, jackpot winners would be able to remain anonymous.
Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, is one of a minority of senators opposed to the measure.
It is a state agency. They're dealing with public dollars, and the public has the righ ...
Mar 20, 2013, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona bill to allow anonymity for lottery winners clears panel
A bill that would allow Arizona lottery winners to remain anonymous moved closer to passage Wednesday following a contentious hearing in a state Senate committee that pitted the Republican sponsor against Democrats who argued it would diminish public accountability.
The bill by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, was prompted by the public release of a Fountain Hills man's name after he won half of a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot in November. Matthew Good's name was released under Arizon ...
Feb 28, 2013, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland family claims $26M Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Winner chooses to remain anonymous
At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, before going to bed, a Mt. Airy, Maryland, man jokingly told his fianc e they were going to wake up as millionaires. One hour later, while they were sound asleep, that premonition became a reality.
When the woman woke up the next morning, she went online to check her tickets and realized they were $26 million richer. Before calling her fianc , she had her daughter check the numbers on the ticket, too.
I am sti ...
Feb 21, 2013, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. Assembly panel clears one-year anonymity for lottery winners
Twenty-five years ago, Evelyn Adams had the unimaginable luck of winning the lottery twice in two years.
But opportunity morphed into misfortune for Adams, who ended up broke and living in a trailer after giving away and gambling away $5.4 million.
Everybody wanted my money, the Ocean County woman told the website Bankrate.com in 2004. Everybody had their hand out. I never learned one simple word in the English language 'no.'
Monday, a state Assembly panel sought to close the barn doo ...
Sep 25, 2012, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Senate bill lets lottery winners remain anonymous
Michigan winners of multistate lotteries such as the Lapeer man who won a $337 million Powerball jackpot could choose to remain anonymous, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Thursday.
Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, said publicity surrounding such windfalls makes winners too vulnerable to scam artists and violent criminals, not to mention grasping third cousins.
The reasons range from the mundane to the fatal, Rocca said. Not only are there relatives popping out of the ...
Sep 14, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
NJ bill aims to protect lottery winners' identity
For some lottery winners, a large jackpot can bring out scam artists and others looking to get a piece of the pie.
Some winners have even been kidnapped and killed.
Now, a New Jersey assemblyman hopes to reduce the chances of that happening through legislation that would keep winners out of the public eye.
Winning the lottery can be a blessing and a curse, said Assemblyman Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli.
Once their identities become public, winners can become targets for unscrupul ...
Sep 6, 2012, 3:09 pm - Lottery News forum
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