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Can NJ Lottery Winners Remain Anonymous? A New Law for Lucky Ticket-Holders

14 February 2020, 17:33
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According to the law, recently adopted by the New Jersey government, lottery winners’ names won’t be disclosed to the public. The law was signed by Phil Murphy, a newly appointed Governor, in January.

Can NJ Lottery Winners Remain Anonymous? A New Law for Lucky Ticket-Holders

The ex-Governor rejected the law as inappropriate because, according to him, it would make jackpots not transparent enough for taxpayers. However, the law got the support of many people who thought that winners could decide by themselves whether to stay anonymous or not. New Jersey lottery was finally added to the list of U. S. states, which already enacted the law.

Anonymity law: NJ lottery winners’ names will be confidential?

Not so long ago, a lottery player from New Jersey won $202 million jackpot. The anonymity law allows this lucky person to choose between staying nameless or share his happiness with others. An Assemblyman John Burzichelli has explained that the aim of the law is to protect winners’ privacy because some of them can even be killed after the win. Now all winners’ data, including names and addresses, have been exempted from the state’s records but some agencies still have access to it.

A lottery jackpot means wealth, rich life and success. However, sometimes it can lead to a winner’s death. For instance, in 2016, a 20-year-old lottery winner was killed in Georgia. The same thing happened with Abraham Shakespeare. He won $31 million and was thrown into concrete by his friend. That’s why anonymity is very important for Mega Millions jackpot winners.

As mentioned earlier, the national EuroMillions lottery is undergoing changes in rules.

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