Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited May 12, 2021, 12:29 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Florida considers partial lottery winner anonymity

Apr 22, 2021, 9:44 am

Share this news story on Facebook
Tweet this news story on Twitter
Florida LotteryFlorida Lottery: Florida considers partial lottery winner anonymityRating:

Bill passes in the House, moves to the Senate

By Kate Northrop

Florida lawmakers introduced a new bill that could grant lottery winners of $250,000 or more a three-month period of anonymity before their identity is revealed to the public.

A bill granting temporary anonymity to lottery winners of big prizes passed Wednesday in the House by a vote of 117 to 1. Now the measure heads to the Senate, but with little time left in the current legislative session, it is unlikely that it will become law.

Bill HB 1395 would create a temporary exemption from public records for the names of lottery winners who win prizes valued over $250,000 for 90 days from the date the prize is claimed, unless the winner consents to the release of their name. After the three-month period is up, the winner's name would no longer be confidential and exempt.

The bill is sponsored by House Representative Tracie Davis, who argues that the safety of winners is jeopardized once their name is released in conjunction with their big win.

"At some point, we would love to win a big lottery prize, right?" Davis related to the House. "But, unfortunately, for some people that dream becomes a nightmare. These winners endure all types of scams, harassment, and even some of them loss of life."

Current Florida law allows the names of winners to be released by the Florida Lottery for transparency and marketing purposes. Additionally, the Lottery may publish winners' cities of residence, the games won, prize amounts, and where winning tickets were purchased.

"Persons who win valuable lottery prizes have been the targets of violent and nonviolent criminal acts based upon publicly available identifying information," the bill reads. "For this reason, the Legislature finds that it is a public necessity to temporarily maintain the confidential and exempt status of such information. The Legislature finds that the harm that may result from the release of the name of a winner of a lottery prize valued at $250,000 or more outweighs the public benefit that may be derived from the disclosure of the information."

$250,000 is the prize amount that requires a player to claim their winnings through the Lottery's headquarters in Tallahassee, either in-person, via a drop box, or by mail.

While the bill passed with flying colors in the House, it is still a longshot for it to become law before the legislation session concludes in just a little less than two weeks. The Senate must next vote on the bill, after which the Governor must sign it into law should it pass again.

Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

15 comments. Last comment 7 days ago by Karen Nathan.
Page 1 of 2
Unlucky-Kenny's avatar - Cigar B1.gif
WISCONSIN
United States
Member #202055
November 7, 2019
1980 Posts
Offline

"Persons who win valuable lottery prizes have been the targets of violent and nonviolent criminal acts based upon publicly available identifying information,"

But its only going to be put off for 3 months if it passes?

Sounds to be like you have a 3 month window to fake your death.

LOL

Ol' Kenny is going to win big just a loser

Lottery Post Wisconsin Results

Lottery Post Minnesota Results

    Avatar
    SC
    United States
    Member #197745
    April 26, 2019
    16 Posts
    Offline

    Stupid. Either do or don't. Don't be half a##ed about it, Florida.

      Avatar
      Chasing $ Millions.
      White Shores- California
      United States
      Member #136471
      December 12, 2012
      6577 Posts
      Online

      This bill is an affront to the memory of Abraham Lee Shakespeare.

       * Voice of Reason *   

       

      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

        CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
        Central TN
        United States
        Member #121187
        January 4, 2012
        5149 Posts
        Offline

        Good for you FLORIDA !!!  At least it is a start in the right direction to protect it's (Big)winning players.

        Integrity: There is just no substitute.

          Nikkicute's avatar - wi lotto3.jpg
          Wisconsin
          United States
          Member #123284
          February 17, 2012
          4370 Posts
          Offline

          "Persons who win valuable lottery prizes have been the targets of violent and nonviolent criminal acts based upon publicly available identifying information,"

          But its only going to be put off for 3 months if it passes?

          Sounds to be like you have a 3 month window to fake your death.

          LOL

          Enough time to change addresses, phone numbers, put social media accounts on hold etc..

          At least to get the heck out of dodge if they choose to do soHiding Behind Computer

            Avatar
            Florida
            United States
            Member #171212
            January 3, 2016
            180 Posts
            Offline

            Stupid. Either do or don't. Don't be half a##ed about it, Florida.

            I Agree!

              MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
              50
              Beautiful Florida
              United States
              Member #5709
              July 18, 2004
              25006 Posts
              Offline

              Kind of STUPID if you ask me. Why do Partial?

              Do complete anonymity and save a Life !

              This house and Senate needs to get a complete life, why would you want to do this

              Half-a$$ed?

                                                           

                                                             "Slander becomes the tool of the loser when the debate is lost." - Socrates.

                Artist77's avatar - batman14

                United States
                Member #121739
                January 16, 2012
                7773 Posts
                Offline

                I agree. Useless. Not everyone wants to flee and move away from family, friends, etc. which seems to be the alleged justification. Your name will still be public and you can easily be found after 3 months.

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

                  Sum Buddy's avatar - Horseshoe 20avatar.jpg
                  Between Two Worlds

                  United States
                  Member #129922
                  July 1, 2012
                  225 Posts
                  Offline

                  "$250,000 is the prize amount that requires a player to claim their winnings through the Lottery's headquarters in Tallahassee, either in-person, via a drop box, or by mail."

                  Except if you win the $1,000,000 second prize in either Powerball or Mega Millions.  Those can be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office.  Why, I do not know...

                  Huh?

                    HoLeeKau's avatar - 40827 jpg?1576607320
                    Idaho
                    United States
                    Member #94279
                    July 17, 2010
                    2359 Posts
                    Offline

                    I agree. Useless. Not everyone wants to flee and move away from family, friends, etc. which seems to be the alleged justification. Your name will still be public and you can easily be found after 3 months.

                    Luckily, I'm not close to my family so I'd gladly just disappear.  But I agree with you, most don't want to give up their whole family, but many of us (me included) have at least one family member who will do anything for money.  Can you imagine a meth addict cousin who just read in the paper that you won a million bucks?  Meth makes you so stupid, he could easily break into the house and kill his cousin thinking that all the money is stacked up in the spare bedroom for the taking.

                      Artist77's avatar - batman14

                      United States
                      Member #121739
                      January 16, 2012
                      7773 Posts
                      Offline

                      Luckily, I'm not close to my family so I'd gladly just disappear.  But I agree with you, most don't want to give up their whole family, but many of us (me included) have at least one family member who will do anything for money.  Can you imagine a meth addict cousin who just read in the paper that you won a million bucks?  Meth makes you so stupid, he could easily break into the house and kill his cousin thinking that all the money is stacked up in the spare bedroom for the taking.

                      I agree. The 3 month delay does not help in any situation.

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

                        TheGameGrl's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
                        A long and winding road
                        United States
                        Member #17083
                        June 10, 2005
                        6549 Posts
                        Offline

                        Claim thru a trust. 

                        So tired of the ' anti ' transparency of the public lottery system. 

                        If three months is enough to complete a trust, then so be it. 

                         

                        The lottery salivates though every time public outrage occurs in support of anonymity. 

                        Pocket all of it and tell the public... yeah..someone won. A fool and their money ...

                        Count your smiles.

                          Artist77's avatar - batman14

                          United States
                          Member #121739
                          January 16, 2012
                          7773 Posts
                          Offline

                          Claim thru a trust. 

                          So tired of the ' anti ' transparency of the public lottery system. 

                          If three months is enough to complete a trust, then so be it. 

                           

                          The lottery salivates though every time public outrage occurs in support of anonymity. 

                          Pocket all of it and tell the public... yeah..someone won. A fool and their money ...

                          No. There are no documented instances of a trust being successfully  used in Florida. There was an instance of a llc being used and the name of the registered agent was released. See the summary I created pinned to the Jackpot topics.

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

                            KY Floyd's avatar - lysol avatar.jpg
                            NY
                            United States
                            Member #23834
                            October 16, 2005
                            4377 Posts
                            Offline

                            As above, it's already possible to claim anonymously in FL. Not having the lottery release anybody's name would be a nice option but there are a lot of good reasons to claim as some legal entity instead of under your own name.