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Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names

Apr 18, 2019, 8:51 am

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PHOENIX, Az. — Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.

The move comes as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.

Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, but the number has now grown to at least 10. A handful of others allow trusts to claim prizes.

(See Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners, Lottery Post, Apr. 14, 2019.)

Ducey's spokesman, Patrick Ptak, said in a statement that the new law will protect Arizonans' privacy rights while maintaining current safeguards that ensure the integrity of the Arizona Lottery.

"Winning the lottery shouldn't come at the expense of someone's privacy or safety," Ptak said.

Just two weeks ago, New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham took the opposite view and refused to sign a similar measure in order to prioritize transparency.

"To be sure, the governor is clear about the concerns raised by proponents, i.e., that certain bad actors could take advantage of lottery winners if their names are made public," spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said in a statement last week. But "New Mexicans should have every confidence in the games run by the lottery."

At least eight state legislatures considered measures shielding winners' names this year, and governors in Virginia and Arizona have signed theirs into law.

Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto introduced the Arizona measure, saying she wanted to protect winners from harassment or worse if their names became public. Current state law allowed Arizona winners to remain anonymous for 90 days.

Last week, a spokesman for the Arizona Lottery said it was important for winners to be named to maintain transparency and the integrity of the system. The lottery didn't take an official position on the bill as it worked its way through the Legislature under state policy.

"The only way the public has an absolute guarantee of integrity as far as real people winning these prizes is to be able to know who wins these prizes," state lottery spokesman John Gilliland said.

Lottery fraud is a concern. In 2017, a programmer for the Multi-State Lottery Association got up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.

The executive director of the Iowa-based lottery association, which runs the Powerball game in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said he understands why some states are moving toward winner secrecy.

"However, the disclosure of winner names is one way lotteries are working to keep the process transparent," association Executive Director J. Bret Toyne said in a statement last week. "It shows the public that everyday people are randomly winning the prizes."

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Posted: April 18, 2019, 10:15 am - IP Logged

Good for Arizona. 

As more states go to this the 'transparency' argument of states opposed to it are getting weaker and weaker.

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

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: April 18, 2019, 10:39 am - IP Logged

    I Agree!

    Now, if we can only get the elected officials & Dragon Lady to see the light in our state

    Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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      Posted: April 18, 2019, 10:55 am - IP Logged

      The states that don't have anonymous laws are worried about transparency while the players are looking for invisibility.

      Get rid of RNG games and they won't have to worry about if the game is rigged. 

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        Posted: April 18, 2019, 11:52 am - IP Logged

        The states that don't have anonymous laws are worried about transparency while the players are looking for invisibility.

        Get rid of RNG games and they won't have to worry about if the game is rigged. 

        I agree to an extent with your last sentence.  MM & PB are still ball drawings.

        It would be physically impossible IMO to have a non-RNG game such as Keno.  Here it is drawn every 4'.  KY lottery featured my question on the air about pick 3 that I didn't know it was such a long drawn out process for their drawings.  Even weighing the balls to ensure that they were within set standards of micrograms difference.  Even the paint has weight.  I could not foresee KY lotto doing this 15 X/hour 0504-to about 0156 7 days a week. 

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          Posted: April 18, 2019, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

          In NY, we have "QuickDraw" which is a keno type game drawn every four minutes.

          I agree that they wouldn't be able to have this kind of game if it wasn't an RNG game.

          All other games are ball drawn games. And, they are televised.

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            Posted: April 20, 2019, 12:37 am - IP Logged

            Nicely done Arizona!  Since AZ already shielded names for 90 days it would have been easy to pass on this.  Glad they didn't and are protecting their citizens lives.  Now we just need more states to join the band-wagon.

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              Posted: April 22, 2019, 8:35 pm - IP Logged

              If you live in Arizona and win a big prize, note that this law, like almost all new laws, goes into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session. You may wish to wait a little while before claiming.

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                If you live in Arizona and win a big prize, note that this law, like almost all new laws, goes into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session. You may wish to wait a little while before claiming.

                What is your opinion (or anyone's opinion) if I buy the ticket before the new AZ law goes into 'effect 90 days after the end of session' ....BUT CLAIM it (cash in) after the 90 days.....what do you think will happen? Will the new law of anonymity still apply to me?

                In other words, is a law only a law from the time it goes into effect? or immediately upon Governor signature (legislative bill passed during the session)?

                Just curious ...as someone who expects to win :-)

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                  I agree to an extent with your last sentence.  MM & PB are still ball drawings.

                  It would be physically impossible IMO to have a non-RNG game such as Keno.  Here it is drawn every 4'.  KY lottery featured my question on the air about pick 3 that I didn't know it was such a long drawn out process for their drawings.  Even weighing the balls to ensure that they were within set standards of micrograms difference.  Even the paint has weight.  I could not foresee KY lotto doing this 15 X/hour 0504-to about 0156 7 days a week. 

                  Sorry, what is RNG stand for?

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                    Sorry, what is RNG stand for?

                    RNG=Random Number Generator.   Instead of the drawing using Mechanical balls, it utilizes the computer to pick the #'s.  That's how Tipton was able to rig the lottery like he did.  He programmed the computer to spit out pre-selected numbers.  Now I have no problem when I go to big blue or the clerk and say Powerball with Powerplay; I know this is an RNG generated number.   Most LP members including Todd I believe do not like RNG for the actual drawings themselves.

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                      RNG=Random Number Generator.   Instead of the drawing using Mechanical balls, it utilizes the computer to pick the #'s.  That's how Tipton was able to rig the lottery like he did.  He programmed the computer to spit out pre-selected numbers.  Now I have no problem when I go to big blue or the clerk and say Powerball with Powerplay; I know this is an RNG generated number.   Most LP members including Todd I believe do not like RNG for the actual drawings themselves.

                      Interesting. Thank you.

                      So you are opining that it is safer (less tampering risk) with ball drawings like MM & PB?

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                        The slightest of chances of that happening out here in CA? 

                        No Way Smh GIF

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