|Posted: December 18, 2007, 10:00 pm - IP Logged|
What if it's someone I know? Someone being stingy with me maybe they won and aren't telling me?
And they have to tell you why? Judging from that comment, it's no wonder people want to remain anonymous. If I had the choice I would remain anonymous also. So what? I wouldn't owe you or anyone else anything, but the point is moot for me because the state I am in doesn't allow it. I do plan on being vague and boring if I do win. I have no desire for old "friends" and "family members" thinking they deserve something, because they know me. You sound pissed because some people value their privacy. Why does it bother you so much?
There wasn't as much potential harm in giving out the winner's information and taking their picture holding a huge check when lotto jackpots were $1 million. Most payouts were $50,000 before taxes for the next 20 years so how much a person could "give away" was limited.
With jackpots of $50 to $100 million, winners should get the right to be anonymous up to a point. If a lottery wants to get a group of players complaining and saying the lottery is rigged, all they have to do is say "the winning ticket was sold somewhere in the state". State lotteries need a way of proving to the players the jackpot was actually won so many states publish the name of the store selling the winning ticket.
Powerball and Mega Millions winners are national news the next day but knowing which store in Rhode Island sold the winning ticket doesn't mean much to an Idaho player. The real problem the winner has in remaining anonymous is the local news people trying to get information from the store owner and clerks.
I don't think anybody I know is obligated to tell me they won and I won't call them stingy if don't tell me. But if they are talking about somebody that owes them money, the circumstances are much different.