Pa. lawmaker wants to give lottery winners right to remain anonymous
A Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, lawmaker unveiled legislation Friday that would allow lottery winners to keep their identities hidden from the public.
State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-58, Monessen, said he believes the proposal would help lottery winners avoid the pitfalls that have plagued many past prize winners, from alleged murder attempts to thefts and scams.
I think providing this option is necessary, Harhai said in a statement. In particular, multi-state lottery jackpots can reach int ...
Dec 8, 2013, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland $189M Mega Millions winner claims prize
Chooses to remain anonymous
The winner of Maryland's $189 million Mega Millions jackpot is no longer a mystery, although their identity remains so.
The Maryland Lottery announced Friday that the winner has come forward and has chosen to remain anonymous. He hid his ticket in an unplugged lamp for over a week until driving through pouring rain Friday to claim his prize at Lottery headquarters on Friday.
The Anne Arundel County man won the second largest jackpot in Maryland's history, off ...
Oct 11, 2013, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum
$400 million S.C. Powerball winner to stay anonymous
There is a man in South Carolina who has been keeping a big secret for the past five days.
Well, he did tell his dog. And, we assume, his wife.
He's probably hoping his recent good fortune stays a secret, but this will be one mighty hard life-changing event to keep under wraps.
South Carolina lottery officials said a man showed up at their office Monday with the winning ticket to last Wednesday's $399.4 million Powerball jackpot.
In a news release, lottery officials said the man was ...
Sep 23, 2013, 6:38 pm - Lottery News forum
$123M EuroMillions lottery winner claims prize
Now deciding if they want to go public
The 81,381,673.30 payout (US$123.7 million), which saw the lucky ticket-holder shoot to sixth on the UK National Lottery Rich List, had gone unclaimed since Tuesday night.
The winner is now deciding whether or not to go public with the win.
A Camelot spokesman said, The claim has been validated and the prize is in the process of being paid out.
The ticketholder is currently deciding whether to go public or remain anonymous.
While the winner ...
May 30, 2013, 12:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri legislature considering lottery winner anonymity
The Missouri Lottery would not be able to release the names and addresses of prize winners under a bill presented to a Missouri House committee on Thursday.
Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship.
She cited constant phone calls, harassment and loss of privacy as consequences of people knowing the identities of lottery winners. She also said winning big prizes could even result ...
Mar 28, 2013, 6:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery winners could soon remain anonymous
Those who hit the jackpot in Arizona pay a heavy price when it comes to their privacy, because their names are a matter of public record.
That's no different than a vast majority of states in the U.S.
But if House Bill 2082 makes it through the Arizona Senate, jackpot winners would be able to remain anonymous.
Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, is one of a minority of senators opposed to the measure.
It is a state agency. They're dealing with public dollars, and the public has the righ ...
Mar 20, 2013, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. lottery winners would get one year of anonymity under bill sent to governor
New Jersey lottery winners would have the option of staying anonymous for one year under a bill that is now headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.
The state Senate voted unanimously to pass the measure (A2982), which cleared the Assembly without opposition in December.
Under current law, winners' identities are public information, and the state Lottery Commission can publicize their names, hometowns, prize winnings and photographs.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), a sponsor, ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona bill to allow anonymity for lottery winners clears panel
A bill that would allow Arizona lottery winners to remain anonymous moved closer to passage Wednesday following a contentious hearing in a state Senate committee that pitted the Republican sponsor against Democrats who argued it would diminish public accountability.
The bill by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, was prompted by the public release of a Fountain Hills man's name after he won half of a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot in November. Matthew Good's name was released under Arizon ...
Feb 28, 2013, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland family claims $26M Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Winner chooses to remain anonymous
At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, before going to bed, a Mt. Airy, Maryland, man jokingly told his fianc e they were going to wake up as millionaires. One hour later, while they were sound asleep, that premonition became a reality.
When the woman woke up the next morning, she went online to check her tickets and realized they were $26 million richer. Before calling her fianc , she had her daughter check the numbers on the ticket, too.
I am sti ...
Feb 21, 2013, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
1 year later, Iowa Lottery still hunting for suspicious no-show winner
Iowa investigators are trying to track down the winner of a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot ticket after the person refused to be identified and was disqualified as a result.
Patrick Townsend, special-agent-in-charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said investigators remain unable to identify the person who bought the Hot Lotto ticket in December 2010 at a Des Moines gas station.
A New York lawyer claiming to represent the winning trust waited until minutes before the one ...
Jan 30, 2013, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum