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Bill would allow Texas Lottery winners to pay for anonymity

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Posted: February 18, 2015, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

When you think about it there's some people out there that would consider the 5% a bargain if they owe money, child support, get divorced months after the winning numbers and then go collect on the down low.  This opens up a whole world of problems.

What am I missing here?  Wouldn't you want, be willing and grateful you were given the ability to pay bills, child support etc? 

Taxes, now THAT is another story.

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    Posted: February 18, 2015, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

    What am I missing here?  Wouldn't you want, be willing and grateful you were given the ability to pay bills, child support etc? 

    Taxes, now THAT is another story.

    A decent person would want to do that. But there are plenty of people that try their best to shirk their responsibilities.

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      Posted: February 18, 2015, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree! I said the same thing out loud, except I substituted a different F-word. LOL

      My home state doesn't allow anonymous claims but if they did, I don't believe that they would ever do something like this.

      And for those defending Texas because they have no state income tax, who's to say they won't introduce one and/or specifically impose it on lottery winnings?

      If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
      If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

      2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
      P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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        Posted: February 18, 2015, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

        Unbelievable, and they call themselves Americans. I think they should replace the majority of these lawmakers.

        Just another fast Money scheme...

        I Agree!

        Remaining anonymous will mean the lottery won't give the winner's name to the media, but the store selling the ticket will get a bonus and making it possible to still find out the identity.

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          Posted: February 18, 2015, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

          I know it sounds like legalized extortion but Texas does not have a state income tax. In NC, they withhold 6% for state income taxes initially but then hit you with the balance of an additional 1.75% when you file your taxes.

          If I bought a winning jackpot ticket in TX, I would bypass the anonymity tax and just hire my own security for a year. After a year, even the most hardcore moochers/criminals will have long given up.

          Jack Whittacker got sued by folks he knew from business, personal, and folks he didn't know for several years.  However, I don't believe in paying this additionally proposed, astonishingly high pre-taxed "Mob Tax."

          Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

          Disney

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            Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:03 pm - IP Logged

            When you think about it there's some people out there that would consider the 5% a bargain if they owe money, child support, get divorced months after the winning numbers and then go collect on the down low.  This opens up a whole world of problems.

            This wouldn't stop someone from having to pay back money on child support, back taxes, school loans and other things. Those get taken out before you receive your money. I believe most states check to see what you owe first. Being allowed to be anonymous won't stop that from happening.

            "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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              Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

              And.......

              I just read that a state rep from McKinney introduced a bill that would make it illegal to sell lottery tickets after Sept 1, 2015.

              Politicians don't know if they're coming or going.

              CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

              A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

                50 grand per million bucks?  I believe I can handle my own security for that amount, thanks all the same.   Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson will be my constant companions.

                These off-the-wall bills come up more often than you'd think.  The Texas Legislature meets only once every couple of years and for a max period of 140 days,  although the governor CAN call them back in for a special session for a max of 30 days.  I like it that way;  the less time they spend meeting, the less damage they can do. 

                In between sessions, some of these people have their minds warped by excessive druggin', drinkin' and whorin'. (they're gettin' in shape for a Congressional run)  I'm not exactly sure what the women reps/senators do in their free time between sessions but some of them come up w/ nutty bills, too, along with voicing idiotic thoughts.  -cough- Sheila Jackson Lee - cough-

                To be fair, the "D" after his name doesn't mean he has the franchise on stupid;  there are plenty of folks with "R" after their names that fit right in with him.


                A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims...but accomplices.
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                  Posted: February 18, 2015, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

                  It is not a good deal.  With family, friends and social media, people will find out and the media will find you.  Then you'll have more publicity and 5% less money to hide in seclusion. 

                  I wonder if they give you the 5% back if you are outed.

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                    Posted: February 18, 2015, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

                    Correction: my "cough" insinuation up there is about a U.S. Congress rep. from Texas. She was just the first one I thought of when I was searching my brain for "idiotic thoughts" from politicians.

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                      Posted: February 18, 2015, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

                      It is not a good deal.  With family, friends and social media, people will find out and the media will find you.  Then you'll have more publicity and 5% less money to hide in seclusion. 

                      I wonder if they give you the 5% back if you are outed.

                      Jester Laugh Monies back, LOL, gatorsrok!

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                        Posted: February 18, 2015, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

                        Correction: my "cough" insinuation up there is about a U.S. Congress rep. from Texas. She was just the first one I thought of when I was searching my brain for "idiotic thoughts" from politicians.

                        There are plenty to choose from.

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                          Posted: February 18, 2015, 11:15 pm - IP Logged

                          Since there a few states right now that allow winners to be anonymous for 'free' this bill would set a very bad precedent....... other states would copy it, perhaps even the current anonymous starts.

                          Also the concept of paying for a ticket, winning a jackpot, and being charged 5% of the jackpot to remain anonymous is nothing but a shakedown. Any guess whether that 5% would be pre-tax or not?

                          From the OP:
                          The 5% would go to the state lottery account, which is used to payout prizes, for operation and administration of the lottery, and foundation school fund.

                          Hey Texas, that's what the losing tickets do. Sounds to me like the Texas lottery official/s and the author of the bill are looking for some $$$$ on the side.

                          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                          Lep

                          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                            Posted: February 18, 2015, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

                            Every large lottery winner who sits in front of a camera to answer questions should address the scam that Texas is trying to do by belittling it on a National level. Could you imagine the amount of fear mongering Ads Texas would put out trying to scare people into paying this.

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                              Posted: February 19, 2015, 12:10 am - IP Logged

                              Very stupid bill, and a complete waste of time.  It'll be challenged (if it passes), and will be shot down.  It's really simple; either the state offers anonymity or it doesn't; paying for it should not be an option, as it's nothing more than state sponsored extortion.