Lawmakers in some states want lottery winners' names secret, but lotteries don'tLawmakers in Michigan and New Jersey are proposing bills to allow anonymity because winners are prone to falling victim to scams.
By: Bob Christie, Associated Press
PHOENIX — When two winning tickets for a record $588 million Powerball jackpot were claimed from the Nov. 28 drawing, the world focused on the winners.
A Missouri couple appeared at a press conference and held up the traditional giant-sized check. The Arizona winner, however, skipped the press conference where lottery officials announced last month that someone had claimed the second half of the prize.
The differing approach on the winners reflects a broader debate that is playing out in legislatures and lottery offices nationwide: Should the winners’ names be secret?
Lawmakers in Michigan and New Jersey think so, proposing bills to allow anonymity because winners are prone to falling victim to scams. Lotteries object, arguing that publicizing the names drives sales and ensures that people know there isn't something fishy afoot.