Lucky Day for Those Who Might Want to Remain Anonymous After Winning Lottery
“When you win a million, you suddenly have a million friends”
Santa Fe — “When you win a million, you suddenly have a million friends.” That is what Senator Pat Woods (R-District 7) says in support of his bill to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. “Winners can be easy targets to scams, extortion or even relatives who want a piece of the prize money.”
SB 397, the bill that would allow lottery winners the choice to remain anonymous to the public after winning a lottery passed the Senate 32-2 today. It heads to the House. Government entities and their employees, such as the Lottery and the Taxation and Revenue Department which taxes the winnings are not to disclose the winner to the public.
Senator Pat Woods has introduced Senate Bill 397a, amending the New Mexico Lottery Act to make the names, addresses and other personal identifying information of lottery winners confidential, unless the winner puts it in writing that it is o.k. to disclose.
The bill would allow a lottery winner to remain anonymous. A lottery winner can give consent to have their name public, however, many winners wish to remain anonymous, to ensure “family members don’t come out of the woodwork” seeking personal gain, or scammers looking to defraud people who have won substantial amounts of money.
People who violate the disclosure prohibition shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Currently eight states allow winners to remain anonymous.