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Bill would allow Texas Lottery winners to pay for anonymity

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Posted: February 19, 2015, 12:25 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.

You should not have to pay for what should be a right.

Anonymity for those who win big should be a right, having to pay to have it is extortion, it would be like paying the mafia for protection.

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    Posted: February 19, 2015, 12:41 am - IP Logged

    Umm, this seems slightly corrupt and borderline illegal. 

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      Posted: February 19, 2015, 12:54 am - IP Logged

      You should not have to pay for what should be a right.

      Anonymity for those who win big should be a right, having to pay to have it is extortion, it would be like paying the mafia for protection.

      I would counter that with this is the exact sort of thing that requires transparency in all facets of an entity that is in charge of any lottery in any state...which is in turn overseen by the state govt.  You can trust them if you want...not me.

      I'm not worried about Ohio or Oklahoma's policy on anonymity, only the one in Texas.   Unless you live here, you shouldn't either, it's "nunya".

      I've said this before several times in other threads, but history shows you have much more to fear from friends and family members after winning than you do strangers, plus the real thieves have always been dressed in a suit and tie who promise you they'll "take good care of your money", not the ones in a hoodie and pullover mask and a gun pointed at you.

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        Posted: February 19, 2015, 2:26 am - IP Logged

        That's terrible. I hope it doesn't happen.  Smash

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          I think we've got a favorite to win the award for biggest dick move of the year.

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            Posted: February 19, 2015, 5:01 am - IP Logged

            It comes down to greed. I was able to be anonymous for up to 1 year after a large prize back in 2014 for free

            Stay In The Vortex, you'll be happy you did ..... Random? Seriously? You want me to believe that?

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              Posted: February 19, 2015, 6:56 am - IP Logged

              Wrong on all levels.... Greedy asses... Where does the money go?

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                Posted: February 19, 2015, 9:36 am - IP Logged

                Texas lottery says; if you want to remain safe and protect your privacy pay us money. Sounds like blackmail to me.

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                  Posted: February 19, 2015, 11:26 am - IP Logged

                  Wrong on all levels.... Greedy asses... Where does the money go?

                  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

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                  Many Winners to You.

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                    Posted: February 19, 2015, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                    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

                    Willing to wager that the bulk of the 5% collected would go towards lining the pockets of these "administrators".

                    This bill would also set a bad precedent for every other state and more so for those who don't charge a state tax or are already offering anonymity.

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                      Posted: February 19, 2015, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

                      I agree with everyone who opposes this proposed bill. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that American citizens have a constitutional right to privacy in most areas of their lives, and I believe this is one of the areas where the right to privacy exists, and people shouldn't have to pay for a constitutional right.

                      If this dubious bill passes, hopefully it will be with a reduced fee of 1% of the winnings, with the 1% figure made permanent and not allowed to increase ever.

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                        Posted: February 19, 2015, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

                        I agree with everyone who opposes this proposed bill. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that American citizens have a constitutional right to privacy in most areas of their lives, and I believe this is one of the areas where the right to privacy exists, and people shouldn't have to pay for a constitutional right.

                        If this dubious bill passes, hopefully it will be with a reduced fee of 1% of the winnings, with the 1% figure made permanent and not allowed to increase ever.

                        We as lottery players have the right to know that it was a real person who has won. Is the lottery a government office or a private funded office? If it is a public office then names and faces should be released to the general public. Hey if you want privacy do not play the lottery for fear that one day you will win and be hounded. You can stay in your current financial state and still be happy...right??

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                          Posted: February 19, 2015, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

                          We as lottery players have the right to know that it was a real person who has won. Is the lottery a government office or a private funded office? If it is a public office then names and faces should be released to the general public. Hey if you want privacy do not play the lottery for fear that one day you will win and be hounded. You can stay in your current financial state and still be happy...right??

                          No, you don't have any such "right" under the law.

                          South Carolina and some other states already have laws allowing winners to remain anonymous, and these laws have been upheld by the courts.

                          If you don't like the anonymity laws and the court decisions upholding them, you're certainly free not to play the lottery.

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                            Posted: February 19, 2015, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                            To me this is another invasion of our privacy.  I dont care if they charge 1%, it is just wrong period.  Obviously they have been thinking 1) how to "exhort" more money for the lottery (and for the administrators) or 2) they honestly think winners of big wins are at risk?  All those associated with the lotteries and this is the best they can come up with? What would that 5% be used for?  Why not use some of the funds they already hold back from the wins to provide anonymity or protection?  Of course that will never happen.

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                              Posted: February 19, 2015, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

                              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

                              LepI'm sure that account needs more money....

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