Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names
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 g ...
Today, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners
A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.
Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowe ...
Apr 14, 2019, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner-turned lawmaker opposes anonymity for lottery prizewinners
Includes video report
A Powerball jackpot winner from Bondurant, Iowa, who was elected to the state legislature says he would oppose efforts to let lottery winners stay anonymous.
At least nine states allow major lottery jackpot winners to stay anonymous, and some other states allow a form of anonymity by claiming prizes through a private legal entity. Earlier this year, Virginia became the latest state to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but only if their prize is greater than $1 ...
Apr 11, 2019, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia lottery jackpot winners can stay anonymous, starting in July
A new law passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by the Governor prohibits the Virginia Lottery from disclosing information about big jackpot winners.
The bill was unanimously passed by the House, and it passed the Senate in a vote of 34 to 5. A similar bill was introduced by Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr. who represents part of Chesapeake.
Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law on February 27.
When the bill goes into effect this summer, the Virginia Lottery will not ...
Apr 5, 2019, 7:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Winner of $1.5B lottery jackpot donates some winnings to Alabama tornado victims
Updated with additional details about the anonymous winner
The winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history $1.5 billion is sharing some of her newfound wealth to help others in need.
The lucky South Carolina woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is donating to the Alabama Red Cross to aid tornado relief and several South Carolina charities.
She decided to donate because she claimed the money when a tornado struck Alabama in early March, her lawyer Jason Kurland said.
Mar 18, 2019, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas bill to keep lottery winner names secret fails
An effort to keep the identities of some lottery winners secret has failed in the Arkansas House.
The proposal to allow winners of more than $500,000 in the state lottery to keep their identities confidential failed in the House on a 39-30 vote last week. The sponsor of the measure said the bill was aimed at protecting lottery winners' safety.
The measure was opposed by media groups who said keeping the information secret would prevent the public from knowing if there was any misconduct in ...
Mar 18, 2019, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. weighs keeping lottery winners anonymous
So you've won the lottery and suddenly you find you have a bunch of new relatives. Distant cousins. A long-lost half-sister.
New Jersey lawmakers are looking to protect state lottery winners from potential moochers and scammers by allowing them to remain anonymous.
Only a handful of states permit lottery winners to keep their good fortune private, although some allow winners to put their money into trusts, allowing them some degree of anonymity.
A bill before the state Senate State Gove ...
Feb 21, 2019, 5:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Jamaican lottery winner wears 'Scream' mask to hide identity
A lottery winner in Jamaica who seemingly wanted to remain anonymous chose quite the mask to conceal his face.
Dressed in a mask of Ghostface a character in the Scream movies with a signature white face and long, wide-opened mouth the winner, only identified as A. Campbell, collected his winnings of roughly $158,400,000 in Jamaican dollars, which equates to over $1,171,400 in U.S. currency.
Campbell, according to the Jamaica Star, became sick when he found out he won the Super Lotto in Nov ...
Feb 12, 2019, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners use wacky names to claim prizes
An older gentleman walked into Cincinnati attorney John Brinker's office a few years ago seeking some help.
He had won $656,000 through the Ohio Lottery's Rolling Cash 5 game and wanted to preserve his anonymity. Ohio allows trusts to claim lottery prizes so the identity of big winners can remain a secret.
The man needed a proper name for his trust.
Brinker looked the winner up and down and, on the spot, came up with the perfect name The Wish This Had Happened Sooner Trust.
The mon ...
Feb 6, 2019, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Bill to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous passes Virginia Senate
A bill that would allow lottery winners in Virginia to remain anonymous has cleared one hurdle toward becoming a law.
The bill passed in the Senate Friday morning, but still has to be approved by the House of Delegates. It passed with a 33-7 vote.
Sen. Lionell Spruill, Sr. (D-Chesapeake) helped introduced the bill, which would let winners submit a notice to the Virginia Lottery that they do not wish to have their name or personal information disclosed.
The bill would not, however, preve ...
Jan 20, 2019, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum