Bill Would Let Lottery Winners Stay Anonymous

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's multistate lottery winners could remain anonymous under a measure approved by the state Senate.
The Senate passed the legislation Tuesday by a 35-2 vote. It goes to the House.
The bill would prohibit the disclosure unless the winner agrees to it in writing. Michigan Lottery officials are authorized to disclose a multistate game winner's identity.
Supporters say winners should be allowed keep their privacy. Lottery officials say few states require anonymity and identifying winners is important to show people win prizes.
The Senate Fiscal Agency says the legislation if enacted into law would likely decrease media coverage and the promotional impact of prizes. That would indirectly reduce contributions to the School Aid Fund.
The lottery contributed more than $727 million to the fund during the last fiscal year.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    Winner should be allow to stay anonymous. I would play more knowing the public, scammers, and organizations wouldnt be contacting me for handouts. I dont see that contributions to the school fund would be affected at all, because, if I'm correct, that money comes from lottery sales, not media coverage.
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