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Lottery Winners Could Remain Anonymous For A Year

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 3, 2012

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Lottery jackpot winners in New Jersey could obtain a degree of anonymity under a bill being considered by lawmakers.

No one voted against it when the New Jersey Assembly passed the measure that would allow the name of a lottery winner not to be disclosed to the public for a year.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli is the bill’s primary sponsor. He says it would prevent winners from being overrun by people giving advice on how to spend the newfound wealth.

 “It’s not going to be a real secret. Immediate family and friends will still be knocking on the door asking for the new car and it’s time to buy me a house I would think, but you would likely to be approached by international monetary speculators if they don’t know who you are.”

Burzichelli says the measure should not raise concerns about transparency.

“For internal purposes the New Jersey taxation people will know. Clearly someone is going to be announced as having won. They’re going to say where the lottery ticket was sold. They’re just not won’t be announcing a name if that person says I don’t want to have my name announced.”

The bill is still awaiting action in the state Senate.

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