Keeping Lottery Winners Anonymous

April 26th, 2017

In some states, lottery winners can be remain anonymous. The Texas House of Representatives has as of April 24, 2017 tentatively approved a new bill that would protect the identity of lottery winners whose jackpots are over one million dollars. Six states –¬†Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina allow winners to remain anonymous. There are two sides to this issue. One is that the public deserves to know where and to whom their money is being spent which could reduce transparency and decrease ticket sales. The other is that lottery winners are in jeopardy when their identities are known. They can be under social media scrutiny, unwanted attention and target of criminals. I feel that lottery winners should be protected.

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