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Missouri House considers legislation to protect the identity of lottery winners

Mar 4, 2020, 8:39 am

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A bill to protect the identity of Missouri lottery winners is making its way through the legislative process.

Rep. Jay Mosley (R-Florissant) sponsored the bill to provide an added level of safety for individuals who win lottery prizes in the state.

The current practice is for prize winners to have their names posted to the lottery website to announce their winnings.

Mosley said the change is needed to give winners the option to stay anonymous.

"This is a safety issue and a way to give winners protection from being easily targeted. Many winners have talked about how winning a lottery prize brought them unwanted attention. This bill is simply a way to allow people to feel safe when they win," said Mosley.

Mosley said eight states, including Kansas, allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.

He said passage of his bill could encourage more people who are concerned about their safety to play the lottery in Missouri rather than cross state line to play the lottery in Kansas where their identity will be protected.

Mosley filed identical legislation during the 2019 session. That bill received unanimous support in the General Laws Committee, but did not make it to the House floor before the legislative session ended. Mosley is hopeful that this year's bill will receive a vote in the House.

Mosley's bill was recently heard by the House General Laws Committee and is expected to receive a vote in the committee in the coming days.


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6 comments. Last comment 2 years ago by music*.
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United States
Member #163182
January 22, 2015
2756 Posts

Slowly but surely this seems to be gaining traction state by state.   Give the winners the option, if they want their 15' of fame and fortune, let them have it.   Personally would just like the store name and city where the winning ticket was sold.   Transparent enough for this player!

    dpoly1's avatar - driver
    United States
    Member #66139
    October 16, 2008
    1998 Posts


    Smash Smashing!

    dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -


    Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

      hearsetrax's avatar - alien on_computer.jpg

      United States
      Member #52343
      May 21, 2007
      3401 Posts

        cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

        United States
        Member #197030
        March 28, 2019
        855 Posts

        It's really catching on. But I won't hold my breath waiting for California to give winners anonymity.

          cbr$'s avatar - maren
          United States
          Member #104478
          January 15, 2011
          11420 Posts

          I hope a lot more states follow this practice. It is time they protect the winners. By being anonymous                           they will feel safe. Great story Todd & Good Idea. Thumbs Up

            music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
            Fresno, California
            United States
            Member #157849
            August 2, 2014
            3959 Posts

            Rep. Jay Mosley may have heard from past winners Mark & Cindy Hill. I believe that he represents them in Florissant, MO.

              The Hills are very generous. They may have not moved. 

             "We are all in this together!"