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
Iowa Lottery releases names of 'Shipping 20' Powerball winners
Iowa Lottery officials have released the names of the 20 Quaker Oats plant workers in Cedar Rapids who recently claimed a share of a $241 million Powerball jackpot.
Lottery CEO Terry Rich issued a statement Friday identifying the 18 men and two women who claimed a $5.6 million share of the prize money last month under the legal umbrella of The Shipping 20 trust.
Lawyers for the trust told Lottery officials June 19 that the members of The Shipping 20 wanted their names to remain confidentia ...
Jul 6, 2012, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery on the verge of revealing names of 'Shipping 20' winners
The mystery Iowa winners of a $241 million Powerball jackpot could have their identities unveiled as soon as Friday morning, say state officials.
The Iowa Lottery last month paid the biggest jackpot prize in state history to the 20 winners, a group of Quaker Oats workers from Cedar Rapids known as the Shipping 20. But their names weren't released. It was the first time since the state lottery was established in 1985 that a jackpot winner hadn't been identified.
However, Iowa Lottery Chief ...
Jul 4, 2012, 1:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Quaker Oats workers claim $241 million Powerball jackpot
Winners hold press conference but don't reveal names
Includes video report
Winners of a $241 million Powerball jackpot, the largest ever won by an Iowa Lottery player, claimed their prize Wednesday in Des Moines, but they refused to identify themselves.
A bus carrying about 50 people from Cedar Rapids pulled up to Iowa Lottery headquarters on Grand Avenue shortly before noon. The group included almost all of the 20 workers from the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids who jointly purchased ...
Jun 21, 2012, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Six $1M Powerball tickets claimed by one Arizona winner
Winner stays anonymous
The Arizona Lottery announced today that all six $1 million Powerball second prize tickets won in Arizona from the drawing on Wednesday, April 25 have been claimed by one person.
The six $1 million winning tickets were purchased by one Glendale resident at the QuikTrip located at 6702 W. Glendale Ave. in Glendale. The winning numbers were 4, 25, 29, 34, and 43, with Powerball number 29.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed the six tickets over the c ...
May 9, 2012, 8:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Few major lottery jackpot winners get chance to be anonymous
Note to the Kansas and Maryland winners of last month's $656 million lottery jackpot: Count your anonymous blessings.
The states, where ticket holders claimed their $218.6 million portions in anonymity, are two of only six states that allow lottery winners' names to remain secret.
Officials in states other than Kansas, Maryland, Delaware, Michigan, North Dakota and Ohio make public the names of lottery winners, with rare exceptions. Most see the identities of winners as a matter of public ...
Apr 23, 2012, 5:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Winners of big lottery jackpots often crave anonymity amid challenges to do so
The tiny Illinois farm town of Red Bud is the kind of place with few strangers and few secrets. Yet the community of 3,700 has a lingering mystery on its hands: Who bought the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket, and why hasn't the winner of the world-record $656 million jackpot come forward?
Though secrecy surrounds the ticket sold at the MotoMart convenience store, lottery officials note it's not unusual for winners to lay low and those who advise them say it's just plain smart.
It's ex ...
Apr 11, 2012, 10:20 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions winners claim prize anonymously
Three public school employees nab share of record jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Maryland Mega Millions lottery winners are three Maryland public school employees, who split the world's biggest lottery jackpot with two other winners from Kansas and Illinois.
The trio claimed their share of the jackpot Monday at Maryland Lottery headquarters.
Maryland laws allow lottery winners to remain anonymous when collecting their prize, and the winners chose that option in ...
Apr 10, 2012, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas Mega Millions winner claims jackpot anonymously
By Todd Northrop
The holder of one of three winning tickets in last week's record $656 million Mega Millions drawing came forward Friday to claim a share, Kansas Lottery officials announced Friday afternoon.
The winner a single ticket holder has chosen to remain anonymous, state lottery director Dennis Wilson said.
The announcement was made at an afternoon press conference at state lottery headquarters in Topeka.
Under Kansas law, lottery winners can choose not to publicly reveal the ...
Apr 6, 2012, 6:04 pm - Lottery News forum