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It's time the lottery needs to stop releasing a person name and picture when a big win is won!

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Posted: February 28, 2015, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

This week on Good Morning America, the winner of of power ball from Nc was on Tv, and here I am thinking, are you crazy , you are going to become a target, some people just don't get it. 

Amen! Preach it, sista!    I Agree!

Some couple up in Wisconsin won millions in a lottery, then went on television and various websites telling the public where they live, where the wife worked, named a local business they frequented, details about their daily routines etc.

Crazy stupid!

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    Posted: February 28, 2015, 1:55 pm - IP Logged

    You apparently aren't sharp enough to have noticed the video, which includes her on a televised award ceremony holding up an oversized check with her name on it. Her name and location were also prominently reported on the state lottery website. Two days later - armed home invasion. You're in denial, pal.

    You apparently aren't sharp enough to have noticed that the video only shows a still picture of her holding the check, and offers absolutely zero indication that the lottery did anything more to publicize her win than to post that still photo on their website. She won 30k, and TV stations don't give a rat's ass about that. The video does make it very clear that she shot her mouth off, though.

    I'll agree there's a good chance that it happened because she won. There's virtually no chance that the guys who did it found the information on the website rather than because she's her own worst enemy.

    On the positive side, if you ever get lucky enough to win your paranoia will help keep you safer than she was.

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      Posted: February 28, 2015, 2:37 pm - IP Logged

      You apparently aren't sharp enough to have noticed that the video only shows a still picture of her holding the check, and offers absolutely zero indication that the lottery did anything more to publicize her win than to post that still photo on their website. She won 30k, and TV stations don't give a rat's ass about that. The video does make it very clear that she shot her mouth off, though.

      I'll agree there's a good chance that it happened because she won. There's virtually no chance that the guys who did it found the information on the website rather than because she's her own worst enemy.

      On the positive side, if you ever get lucky enough to win your paranoia will help keep you safer than she was.

      I'm from the same state as the winner, and the NC lottery holds press conferences for winners, which are televised on some local affiliates. To promote the lottery, many radio stations, newspapers, websites etcetera around the state report wins like this lady's - giving out personal information.

      If you were sharper, you'd know that lotteries want lots of publicity, which is the main reason they have "transparency" policies that give them the right to publish your photo, name, location etcetera. They couldn't care less about your safety, it's all about publicity in order to bring in more $$$$.

      It's past time Alex Jones types stopped basking in paranoia worrying that the lottery commission and "da gubbermint" might conspire to steal their money, and started supporting anonymity laws that protect winners from serious crimes.

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        Posted: February 28, 2015, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

        You apparently aren't sharp enough to have noticed that the video only shows a still picture of her holding the check, and offers absolutely zero indication that the lottery did anything more to publicize her win than to post that still photo on their website. She won 30k, and TV stations don't give a rat's ass about that. The video does make it very clear that she shot her mouth off, though.

        I'll agree there's a good chance that it happened because she won. There's virtually no chance that the guys who did it found the information on the website rather than because she's her own worst enemy.

        On the positive side, if you ever get lucky enough to win your paranoia will help keep you safer than she was.

        Virtually no chance?  I'll bet you a million bucks there are many many scammers out there perusing lottery websites looking for victims every day. 

        That's exactly why I don't want publicity when I win.  If it was publicized, I'd always be afraid that person trying to befriend me or date me has ulterior motives.  Call it paranoid, but it does happen.  And those of us who grew up without money might take some time to figure out who is who, and how to handle those who try to scam or wheedle or extort money out of us, and by the time we figure it out it could be too late.

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          Posted: February 28, 2015, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

          Marie Holmes of North Carolina, who won a third of the recent Powerball jackpot, has had her win and personal information/photo publicized in thousands of mass media entities around the country. It has even been reported in multiple sources in Britain. Nothing like letting criminals nationwide know there's a single mother with four children living in Shallote, NC that just won about $90 million in the lottery! It even puts her kids at risk of kidnapping or being harmed in a home invasion etcetera. Not wise!

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            Posted: March 8, 2015, 10:27 pm - IP Logged

            I don't see how releasing the name of the winner makes the lottery more transparent?

            The rest of the population cannot verify that this person did indeed win.

            If they announce John Smith won the lottery you would not be able to verify it is not in fact Jack smith.

            Unless they worked at the IRS and looked into it (which they are probably not allowed to)

             

            The concerned government agencies know the winner's identity and can demand tax payments and the like and can subpoena them for law purposes and or put a lien on unpaid child support. 

             

            EBT uses public revenue, too but there is no public registry of recipients.

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              Posted: March 9, 2015, 1:02 am - IP Logged

              I don't see how releasing the name of the winner makes the lottery more transparent?

              The rest of the population cannot verify that this person did indeed win.

              If they announce John Smith won the lottery you would not be able to verify it is not in fact Jack smith.

              Unless they worked at the IRS and looked into it (which they are probably not allowed to)

               

              The concerned government agencies know the winner's identity and can demand tax payments and the like and can subpoena them for law purposes and or put a lien on unpaid child support. 

               

              EBT uses public revenue, too but there is no public registry of recipients.

              Good points!  Thumbs Up

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                Posted: March 10, 2015, 7:04 pm - IP Logged

                I would like it if the lottery corporation would stop releasing the name and picture of winner's.. Some people don't feel safe, if everybody find's out that they won a lottery..

                I would not want the publicity, whatsoever..

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                  Posted: March 11, 2015, 12:01 am - IP Logged

                  Just saw the opposite topic so there seems to be some members wanting transparency.