HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 25Issue 32MICHIGAN REPRESENTATIVE INTRODUCES BILL TO SHIELD IDENTITY OF MULTI-STATE LOTTERY WINNERS

Michigan Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-District 41) has introduced legislation designed to permit winners of multi-state lottery games such as Mega Millions and Powerball to remain anonymous. Current Michigan law permits the Lottery department to disclose the name, address and other personal information regarding the winner of the multi-state lottery games. Several other states have enacted similar legislation, including Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. HB 5261 was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.

“When someone wins the lottery, the last thing on their mind should be the consequences of having their personal information released to the public,” said Kuppa. “By offering the option to remain anonymous, we can ensure we’re protecting the privacy of Michiganders and, as much as possible, prevent them from being preyed upon for their winnings.”

Notably, current Michigan law provides generally that, except as otherwise provided by state or federal law, winners of lottery prizes in excess of $10,000 have the right to keep their names confidential. MCL 432.25(9). The statute, however, also provides that the winners of lottery prizes awarded as part of a joint enterprise can be disclosed where disclosure is “required under the joint enterprise participation agreement.” MCL 432.25(10).  HB 5261 would amend this section to mandate that the Lottery “shall” not disclose the names “unless the winner of the prize agrees in writing”.

 

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