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More US states consider shielding lottery winners

Arizona could become the next state to announce the laws that allow big lottery jackpot winners to keep their names secret. At least eight state legislatures considered measures shielding winners’ names in recent months.

This growing trend shows that privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups’ wishes to publicize winners which boost sales and show that the games are fair.

It was proved last year in New Hampshire where a judge allowed the winner of over $500 million Powerball jackpot to stay anonymous. He noted that she could be harassed or solicited for money.

Recently Virginia’s governor signed legislation allowing winners’ of $10 million or more to remain anonymous. Proposals in Arkansas and Connecticut failed, while efforts in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon are still being considered.

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