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
Arizona Lottery releases name of Powerball jackpot winner
The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to an affluent Phoenix suburb last year before striking it rich in the lotto.
The winner is Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.
Good to ...
Dec 11, 2012, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona man claims other half of record Powerball jackpot
Looming tax increases prompt hasty claim
Fallout from the looming fiscal cliff has drifted into the Powerball arena.
A man who lottery officials announced Friday has claimed his half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, decided to collect the winnings now and not next year because of the financial uncertainty posed by the nation's ongoing financial impasse.
The man, who is in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb, decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 ...
Dec 8, 2012, 9:17 am - Lottery News forum
Delaware couple anonymously claims $50M Powerball jackpot
A husband and wife from Wilmington came forward Oct. 5 to claim their $50 million Powerball jackpot from the Wednesday, Oct. 3 drawing, according to Delaware Lottery officials.
The couple opted to remain anonymous and selected the cash, single-payment value for the jackpot, which totaled $33.05 million before federal withholding taxes. Delaware Lottery officials validated the winning ticket Friday.
I checked my numbers in the newspaper during a break at work, and when I realized I had won ...
Oct 11, 2012, 6:51 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Assembly panel clears one-year anonymity for lottery winners
Twenty-five years ago, Evelyn Adams had the unimaginable luck of winning the lottery twice in two years.
But opportunity morphed into misfortune for Adams, who ended up broke and living in a trailer after giving away and gambling away $5.4 million.
Everybody wanted my money, the Ocean County woman told the website Bankrate.com in 2004. Everybody had their hand out. I never learned one simple word in the English language 'no.'
Monday, a state Assembly panel sought to close the barn doo ...
Sep 25, 2012, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Senate bill lets lottery winners remain anonymous
Michigan winners of multistate lotteries such as the Lapeer man who won a $337 million Powerball jackpot could choose to remain anonymous, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Thursday.
Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, said publicity surrounding such windfalls makes winners too vulnerable to scam artists and violent criminals, not to mention grasping third cousins.
The reasons range from the mundane to the fatal, Rocca said. Not only are there relatives popping out of the ...
Sep 14, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum