MADISON, WI — A bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous in Wisconsin will go before a State Assembly committee next week.
The privacy act was introduced by Speaker Robin Vos the same day that a Milwaukee-area man claimed a $768 million Powerball prize this spring. Voss says requiring winners to be identified opens them up to possible fraud and takes away their right to privacy.
Manuel Franco, a 24-year-old New Berlin man, claimed the prize back in March and during his press conference said the winning ticket came with a feeling of paranoia about what would happen next once his name was revealed.
Vos cited that quote while looking for co-sponsors for the bill.
Those with the Wisconsin State Lottery maintains that winners should be identified as a means of transparency and maintaining public trust in the system.
The Assembly Committee on State Affairs will hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday, July 10th.
There is no national standard for identifying lottery winners. Each state sets their own laws.