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Bondi Junction
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Six states allow lottery winners to keep their identities private: Delaware, Maryland, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.

We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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    Sadly, Massachusetts is not on the list.Hopefully, one day it will be.

    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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      Delaware is a 90 minutes from me, Maryland add 10 minutes,

      since I'm going for PB and MM there's no reason to go past Delaware.

      Does Maryland have any local games that are good ?

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        Six states allow lottery winners to keep their identities private: Delaware, Maryland, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.

        The law needs to change so every state that has a lottery can let a person claim anonymously. If I ever won the big one would either form a trust or go collect my winnings with a paper bag over my head. I have always hated having pictures taken of me so I know there are not many of me out in the world. Frankly it's very dangerous to the lottery winners who comes forward to claim their winnings, it feels like they have a target on their backs  Sooooo wish I lived in an anonymous state but I don't.

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          The law needs to change so every state that has a lottery can let a person claim anonymously. If I ever won the big one would either form a trust or go collect my winnings with a paper bag over my head. I have always hated having pictures taken of me so I know there are not many of me out in the world. Frankly it's very dangerous to the lottery winners who comes forward to claim their winnings, it feels like they have a target on their backs  Sooooo wish I lived in an anonymous state but I don't.

          Some states like CA allow winners to not have their picture taken. But they have to release their name. I wonder if this goes for every state or it just varies.

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            Some states like CA allow winners to not have their picture taken. But they have to release their name. I wonder if this goes for every state or it just varies.

            l think CA is not the only State that will allow a winner to cover his face- there is nothing in the CA lottery handbook  that says you " must appear at a press conference & that if you not going to participate in one, at the very least " Show your Face." All that is required is your name, the store you purchased your ticket from and the amount of the jackpot.

            l like the idea of giving jackpot winners a choice: To either claim anonymously or Have a press Conference. I think there are more than a few who would love to have their pictures taken for all the world to see. 

            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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              Sadly, Massachusetts is not on the list.Hopefully, one day it will be.

              myturn - if you are from Australia then why are you concerned re:  mass?

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                myturn - if you are from Australia then why are you concerned re:  mass?

                He probably plays the Megabucks Doubler by subscription.

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                  Posted: March 13, 2015, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

                  Six states allow lottery winners to keep their identities private: Delaware, Maryland, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.

                  All that means in Ohio is the Lottery won't publish the winner's name, but they do publish where the tickets were sold on the "Winners Corner" on their website. And you're forgetting active lottery players are not in the voting majority which is necessary to create new state laws to hide the name of the winners. It's the non-lottery players that need convincing, not the LP membership.

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                    myturn - if you are from Australia then why are you concerned re:  mass?

                    I'm from Massachusetts, but I now live in Australia.

                    I like that the Massachusetts Lottery has a subscription service across the whole country. More lotteries should offer subscription services nationwide.

                    I also would like to see all state lotteries, including the Massachusetts Lottery, allow winners to remain anonymous. 

                    It is not about secrecy, it is about safety and security for winners.

                    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                      I'm from Massachusetts, but I now live in Australia.

                      I like that the Massachusetts Lottery has a subscription service across the whole country. More lotteries should offer subscription services nationwide.

                      I also would like to see all state lotteries, including the Massachusetts Lottery, allow winners to remain anonymous. 

                      It is not about secrecy, it is about safety and security for winners.

                      So MT- If and when you win, are you collecting your Money in the American or Australian Dollars?

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                        Posted: March 24, 2015, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

                        Arizona does not require a press conference, photos, or any sort of publicity, but it does require the Lottery to release the winner's name and hometown on request.

                        For me, this isn't much of a problem. My name is common enough that I can't find myself on Google, and if I win big, "hometown" will become "ex-hometown" the day after I claim the prize.

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                          Posted: March 25, 2015, 9:41 pm - IP Logged

                          Delaware is a 90 minutes from me, Maryland add 10 minutes,

                          since I'm going for PB and MM there's no reason to go past Delaware.

                          Does Maryland have any local games that are good ?

                          I see now that Maryland has a subscription, maybe I'll try that instead of making the trip.

                           The script is only offered on MM.

                           PB is not available at this time.

                          I wonder if that's B/C they were anticipating a matrix change ?

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                            I see now that Maryland has a subscription, maybe I'll try that instead of making the trip.

                             The script is only offered on MM.

                             PB is not available at this time.

                            I wonder if that's B/C they were anticipating a matrix change ?

                            Staff at the Maryland lottery has said there is no PB subscription because of restrictions by the PB people.  It would be nice if that did change after the matrix change.

                            You have to have a Maryland address to get the MM subscription.

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                              Posted: March 25, 2015, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

                              Six states allow lottery winners to keep their identities private: Delaware, Maryland, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.

                              Unless something has recently changed you can claim the Ohio lottery annoymously but with a catch--only with a blind trust.

                              The response I received when I asked about claiming anonymously:

                               

                              You will not be required to have your picture taken for publicity if you are not anonymous.

                              But in order to remain anonymous and ensure NO media or publicity, your prize must be claimed in a Blind Trust. To begin the process of a Blind Trust, you, or your legal counsel should contact the Legal Dept. at the Ohio Lottery in Cleveland at 216-774-5652 before the claim form is completed.

                              Sincerely,
                              Linda
                              Ohio Lottery Webmail

                              xx

                               

                              From what I understand a blind trust is a trust where the beneficiary of the trust has no say in how the money is invested or is even allowed to know what it is invested in.  So you win, hand over your money to the trustee, and they manage it for you.  I guess I am not a very trusting person because this arrangement would make me very nervous.

                              I hope I am wrong and Ohio has recently changed their policy.