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GOP bill would keep Wisconsin lottery winners secret

Apr 24, 2019, 2:28 pm

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MADISON, Wis. — Two Republican lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow lottery winners in Wisconsin to remain anonymous.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Gary Tauchen announced the bill Tuesday, about 40 minutes after Manuel Franco of West Allis appeared a Madison news conference to reveal he had won a $768 million Powerball jackpot, the third largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Current state law doesn't allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Tauchen said in a news release announcing the bill that lottery winners often become targets of fraud, abuse and harassment.

Several states are exploring various levels of anonymity for lottery winners. (See Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners, Lottery Post, Apr. 14, 2019.)

Franco said at his news conference that he felt a sense of paranoia after he realized he won. He says he thought somebody was behind him every day and he kept the winning ticket in a safe.

Separately, another area of Wisconsin lottery law that apparently needs to be addressed by lawmakers is payouts to more than one player. Currently, the state requires the Wisconsin Lottery to issue a prize to only one player. If multiple people have pooled their money to purchase tickets, they need to get a court order to tell the lottery how to divide the winnings.

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So it took a major powerball winner in Wisconsin for them to see the light.  This guy said he was worried about people coming up behind him.  Every <snip> criminal now knows this guys name and address.  About time for Wisconsin to do the right thing. 

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Never give up.  Banana

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    Manuel Franco's win got everybodies' attention. Now the lawmakers can improve Wisconsin. 

     Manuel now has enough money to protect himself and anybody else he wants too.  I hope he learns from the mistakes of past winners. He ought to hire wise counsel who know these things.

     "We are all in this together!" 

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      If i win the lottery and if the state i won in offered me anonymous i would reject it anyway. I want to be rich and famous . i want to die like the Egyptian pharoah in a nice beautiful famous grave. I will first fire all my attorneys and second fire all my financial advisors i don't need more clowns making me pay them on how to spend my money bulls.... Lurking Hurray!Smash Matter of fact i will call them when am broke lol

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        If i win the lottery and if the state i won in offered me anonymous i would reject it anyway. I want to be rich and famous . i want to die like the Egyptian pharoah in a nice beautiful famous grave. I will first fire all my attorneys and second fire all my financial advisors i don't need more clowns making me pay them on how to spend my money bulls.... Lurking Hurray!Smash Matter of fact i will call them when am broke lol

        Winning the lottery is not a personal achievement. You would be the type of winner for which most of us would worry .

        Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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          Just saw where Wisconsin had 7 Power Ball winners but never had a Mega Millions jackpot winner. If this bill is limited to just jackpot winners, it won't effect many Wisconsinites.

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            If i win the lottery and if the state i won in offered me anonymous i would reject it anyway. I want to be rich and famous . i want to die like the Egyptian pharoah in a nice beautiful famous grave. I will first fire all my attorneys and second fire all my financial advisors i don't need more clowns making me pay them on how to spend my money bulls.... Lurking Hurray!Smash Matter of fact i will call them when am broke lol

            Lots of players want their 15 minutes of fame and considering you only invested $2 and it's your money, spend it any way you want. But lots of other people will criticize what you do.

            Oh and if beating odds of over 292 million to 1 is not a personal achievement, what is?

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              Actually it is. Number one i will build my $5 million dollar gated estate with happy white security officers am not bulls... Lol all the babes will know Joey is in control even my white security will be driving a baby lambo behind my big lambo. Don't get me wrong i don't hate black security just that it depends which neighborhood i plan to be driving beside i don't want to spend all day on police pulling us over lol have some chics to see :)BananaBanana

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                I guess most of us understand winning a lottery is pure luck and random. No one views it as being achieved through hard work. 

                LOL

                Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                  This 24 year old has been playing since he turned 18yrs so it is had work with no guarantee on return in investment. Some people play for fifty years and never win some play for fifty years and win so it is a great achievement with lots of hard work so don't try to sugar coat this ok No Pity!my best bet is to have one black security and one white security in my baby lambo security vehicles so they can decide which one to talk to the black cop or white cop lol if the cop is female only me can handle this lol unless she is ugly i won't even bother taking off my sun glasses :)

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                    This 24 year old has been playing since he turned 18yrs so it is had work with no guarantee on return in investment. Some people play for fifty years and never win some play for fifty years and win so it is a great achievement with lots of hard work so don't try to sugar coat this ok No Pity!my best bet is to have one black security and one white security in my baby lambo security vehicles so they can decide which one to talk to the black cop or white cop lol if the cop is female only me can handle this lol unless she is ugly i won't even bother taking off my sun glasses :)

                    Pure luck. Hate to burst your sugar coated bubble.  All players are equally deserving and time playing has nothing to do with it and you conceded this fact.  First timers win as well. Now if you crack the code, let us know.

                    With your comments, you certainly would be "famous" for all the wrong reasons.  I hope you have more going on in your life vs hoping to win a lottery just so people will acknowledge you as important.

                    Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                      If i win the lottery and if the state i won in offered me anonymous i would reject it anyway. I want to be rich and famous . i want to die like the Egyptian pharoah in a nice beautiful famous grave. I will first fire all my attorneys and second fire all my financial advisors i don't need more clowns making me pay them on how to spend my money bulls.... Lurking Hurray!Smash Matter of fact i will call them when am broke lol

                      JBL- Want a “ Beautiful  Famous Grave” one you can see from space? Buy some land out in Big Sky country, or Texas where land goes for a song. Get the exact measurements on the Pyramid on the Giza plateau, and build that thing. When you buy the farm, have yourself embalmed, wrapped up in cotton strips, hey you can afford it. Just remember, the Egyptian Pharoahs believed in the afterlife- so you can’t take it with you. Just one thing though;it’s a sad existence, being a millionaire and checking in weekly on the progress of your tomb being built, but to each he’s own.😏

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                        👴I've never made it a secret that thars a few and many here like JBL that I'd like to see win big,

                        if only to watch them squirm when reality comes to haunt them for thar respective foolishness

                        thars been a few and many tales we've all read and made sport of the few big losers

                         

                        but still some seem bent on making the same silly mistakes and thinking that thar respective outcome will be different

                        🥂 to one of us being the other great example of a lottery lout 

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                          JBL- Want a “ Beautiful  Famous Grave” one you can see from space? Buy some land out in Big Sky country, or Texas where land goes for a song. Get the exact measurements on the Pyramid on the Giza plateau, and build that thing. When you buy the farm, have yourself embalmed, wrapped up in cotton strips, hey you can afford it. Just remember, the Egyptian Pharoahs believed in the afterlife- so you can’t take it with you. Just one thing though;it’s a sad existence, being a millionaire and checking in weekly on the progress of your tomb being built, but to each he’s own.😏

                          Not exactly like that but am saying it will be like that before l call a laywer or financial advisors. I already know what i want retire in a beautiful golf course lol Am saying everyday is special with or without money. And all the people on lottery post that support me will be invited to play for free $1000 😆

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                            I hate to disappoint you but i will be smiling all the way like tiger woods to the bank like a come back kid . l will never be poor again because i spent the first half of my life being poor so have paid my poor dues all i need is the gravey train lol