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Bill would allow Texas Lottery winners to pay for anonymity

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Posted: February 19, 2015, 7:25 pm - IP Logged

Greed.

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    Posted: February 19, 2015, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

    As disgusting as this proposed lottery 'mob-style shakedown' Bill is, I'd gladly pay it in a heartbeat. I'd simply consider it my 'State Tax' while having the opportunity to avoid the scoundrels, scallywags, long lost 'family members', un-welcomed press, fake friends and the unscrupulous financial hounders. Not to mention the persistent paranoia of watching your back since 'EVERYONE' knows you've won the big one.

    It is unfortunate they took this approach instead of simply debating a Bill that either permits anonymity or no anonymity. But hey, I'd pay that 5%, then STILL change my name, then move to another State and just start over fresh. Small price to pay to these elected 'MOBSTERS'. Nasty deal but it's one I'd take any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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      Posted: February 19, 2015, 8:54 pm - IP Logged

      The bill hasn't been passed, and I doubt it will. I wouldn't pay that much, period.

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        Posted: February 19, 2015, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

        Seems to me that in a way it sounds like a sort of "Protection Racket":

        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Protection+Racket

        A business combination of extortion schemes controlled by a criminal syndicate. For the "promise" of security, significant sums of money are seized from persons, businesses, communities, or even nations.

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        "Protection Racket":

        Extortion schemes for the "promise" of security, significant sums of money are seized from persons.

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        Nuff said.

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          Posted: February 20, 2015, 2:37 am - IP Logged

          Seems to me that in a way it sounds like a sort of "Protection Racket":

          http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Protection+Racket

          A business combination of extortion schemes controlled by a criminal syndicate. For the "promise" of security, significant sums of money are seized from persons, businesses, communities, or even nations.

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          "Protection Racket":

          Extortion schemes for the "promise" of security, significant sums of money are seized from persons.

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          Nuff said.

          Pretty much in a nutshell. 

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            Posted: February 20, 2015, 3:07 am - IP Logged

            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.

            It's extremely clear that the public has a right to the information under the law, except in the few states that don't consider the information to be public information. What part of "public information" is confusing?

            As far as your constitutional right to privacy, it doesn't apply. Playing the lottery is voluntary, but when you choose to play you're agreeing to be bound by the rules. If you want to maintain your right to privacy don't waive it by playing the lottery.

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              It's extremely clear that the public has a right to the information under the law, except in the few states that don't consider the information to be public information. What part of "public information" is confusing?

              As far as your constitutional right to privacy, it doesn't apply. Playing the lottery is voluntary, but when you choose to play you're agreeing to be bound by the rules. If you want to maintain your right to privacy don't waive it by playing the lottery.

              The public has no inherent right to the information, or else the courts would not have upheld the laws in the states that provide anonymity. The information is private in several states, not public. What don't you get about "private information" that has been upheld by law/courts in several states?

              If the states that currently require public disclosure wished to, they could change their laws anytime they wanted and make the information private, and POOF! There goes that bogus "right" to other people's private info that you thought you had.

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                Posted: February 20, 2015, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

                can anyone say high way robbery.......  The state of Texas is as crooked as they come.......... total rip off.

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                  Posted: February 20, 2015, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

                  Player Protection

                   

                  The Texas Lottery is committed to informing players about potential threats to the security and integrity of the Games of Texas. We offer our players as much information as possible about these issues including helpful security tips, clearing up common misconceptions about the Texas Lottery, the description of the audible tones on terminals when tickets are scanned, information about protecting yourself from lottery scams, and so much more.

                   

                  The Texas Lottery has a lot to say about player protection, I wish they would also offer winners protection and allow them to remain anonymous.

                  We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                    Posted: February 20, 2015, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

                    can anyone say high way robbery.......  The state of Texas is as crooked as they come.......... total rip off.

                    A state representative introduced a bill which hasnt been voted on yet. Saying the whole state is crooked is a little over the top. Its a bad bill but lets see what happens.

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                      Posted: February 20, 2015, 9:34 pm - IP Logged

                      A state representative introduced a bill which hasnt been voted on yet. Saying the whole state is crooked is a little over the top. Its a bad bill but lets see what happens.

                      If the number of posts on LP demanding anonymity is a measure, that Texas representative is doing something the people want even if the method is strange.

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                        Posted: February 20, 2015, 11:15 pm - IP Logged

                        A state representative introduced a bill which hasnt been voted on yet. Saying the whole state is crooked is a little over the top. Its a bad bill but lets see what happens.

                        A little over the top?  It's an out-and-out insult.  Note that the poster doesn't name their state on their profile; he/she must be ashamed of living there. At least most Texans know the proper use of ellipses.

                        I was doing some reading about lottery anonymity last night and saw an article on Yahoo from a couple of yrs. ago;  against my better judgement, I scrolled down through the comments and saw this:

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                          Posted: February 20, 2015, 11:17 pm - IP Logged

                          The state of Texas is hiding a lottery winner's identity, refusing to release the name of the winner of a $64 million drawing Feb. 8.

                          press release published by the Texas Lottery Commission calls the winner "The AB Revocable Living Trust" as if that were the name of a corporate entity, but an A-B revocable living trust is a form of estatethat minimizes estate taxes by splitting marital assets into separate shares for each partner.

                           

                           

                          This happened in 2006, a good lawyer is the answer.

                          We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                            Posted: February 21, 2015, 8:51 am - IP Logged

                            For those of you that have not read this article(Have posted it before), it is from an Attorney out of Dallas. His name is Jim Ross and he claimed a $35 million dollar jackpot for people who won the MM back in 2011.  Not a bad read and may provide some insight.

                            http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/7/prweb8654988.htm
                             
                             
                            I am not a fan of this 5% proposal at all. If it was $10-$20,000,that would be a consideration(IMHO). Typical government official trying to get more out of peoples wallets and I don't care where they say they are putting it back into.
                            Winning a $10 million dollar lottery and they want to keep $500,000.00 for anonymity ?...lololol..Oh surrrrre, I'll jump right on that bandwagon !!!
                             
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                              Posted: February 21, 2015, 11:06 am - IP Logged

                              I would consider creating a trust to claim but I gotta have total control of the $$$.

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