|Posted: October 13, 2005, 1:35 am - IP Logged|
Most State Lotteries (except DE, maybe others) have "Open Records" laws or "FOI" laws COMPELLING winners to participate in the Media Circus that follows a big strike. Lotteries claim it is necessary to preserve the integrity of the games. I see it as the best way to further the lottery's PROMOTIONAL AGENDA by FORCING the winner to pose in front of the media with a big cardboard check and the director.
I doubt the winner realizes the risk to his/her personal safety and that of their family's in this high tech age of identity theft and stalking. It's fun to celebrate the good fortune of any winner and completely space out the very real possibility that out of the MILLIONS of LOSERS; a psycho is born. It only takes ONE and the odds STRONGLY FAVOR that possibility.
We all like to ponder the question: "What's the first thing you would do when you win ?" I can say with certainty that among the many things I will do is to secure a Temporary Restraining Order in the name of the claimant Trust AGAINST the Lottery (don't forget MUSL) BEFORE I march into that HQ to claim the prize (as GRANTOR of the Trust). The lawyers can fight for the next 20 years to make that order permanent. A close look at EACH and EVERY State's Open Records and/or FOI laws provide for an EXCEPTION when the SAFETY of the individual could be compromised. There is a VERY STRONG argument to be made on this issue.
You just beat next to impossible odds compared to the odds of meeting with foul play. Think of the possible consequences of EXPOSING yourself and your loved ones by posing with your spouse, children and siblings. NOW, do you suppose your odds of meeting with foul play just got a whole lot BETTER ?
This site needs to add to its resource library of State information a list of links to each State's Open Records/FOI laws and highlight the EXCEPTION that every RESPONSIBLE winner MUST TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION before stumbling and BUMBLING into the public spotlight. It's up to YOU to protect your RIGHT to PRIVACY.
Good luck, Play SAFE and BE SMART !!!!