Should Lottery Winners names be kept secret? States Debate Issue
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even a jackpot isn’t enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.
But now it’s becoming increasingly possible for big winners to hide their identity, and lottery executives are trying to strike a balance between ensuring privacy and safety while still proving to the public that real people can win.
Jackpot winners “get a big old target painted on their backs,” said Andrew Stoltmann, an Illinois attorney who has represented winners. When their names are released “they get harassed and harangued into some horrifically bad investments.”
Forcing people to reveal their names, he added, is like “throwing meat into a shark-infested ocean.” SOURCE
Keep the names a secret? Absolutely, without a doubt.
Some folks really do get talked into some of the most incredibly stupid and bad investments imaginable.
There have been multi-million dollar lottery winners that ended up dead broke in a very short time. That is because of the slick presentation that a *huckster*, a con artist can come up with, and the sincerity of said con artist in his speech.
It is also because many lottery winners are stupid, gullible, too trusting or are simply damned fools that will fall for anything.
As the story says, winners have a big old target painted on their backs and will be constantly *hit on*, begged for money by huckster, played by the con artists or just out right bullshitted by some schlub that will try to play on the emotions of the winner with a story about how *Mom* or *grandma* is going to die a horrific death if they don’t come up with $20K for a much needed operation.
The folks in Tennessee that hit part of the gigantic Powerball jackpot were on the news this afternoon talking about how it felt and how they were such *private people* and all that, and they DO seem like good and decent people but you can bet your bottom dollar that they will soon become total hard-asses or they will rue the day they won and went on TV to tell their tale.
On the other hand, allowing winners to collect jackpots in secret invites public suspicion and makes it easier for cheating to go undetected, according to gambling experts and others.
There will be winners, there are always winners, if you don’t trust the lottery commission, don’t play.
I don’t care if it’s a $10 win or $100M, if you win someone is going to try and talk you into giving them money, lots of money, and you’re going to find out that you have more kinfolks than you EVER knew about.
If YOU hit the lottery and great-aunt Bessie’s son’s third cousin on aunt Bessie’s great-great granny’s side of the family, her 4th cousin Tyrone, comes forward asking you to please help in his desperate time of need as he tries to save a 4th or 5th cousin on his Mom’s side of the family, you’ll think back to this story and shake your head.
I know this because I have seen it happen, a girl I went to school with came into several million dollars when her mother died and relatives came out of the woodwork to try and con her.
She was a smart girl; she told em ALL to kiss her ass, she moved away and as far as I know she’s not been seen or heard from since.