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Legislation filed in the House on Tuesday proposes to allow state lottery winners to keep their names secret.

House Bill 1382, by Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock, would exempt any records identifying lottery winners from the state's Freedom of Information Act. Under current law, lottery winners can be identified through public records requests.

According to the news website Vox, eight states allow lottery winners to conceal their names from the public.

Sorvillo's bill would continue to allow the Internal Revenue Service and state auditors to know the identities of lottery winners.

-- John Moritz

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature]


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  • GeneralMac
    February 6, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

    Bad bill !

    (2nd to last paragraph)....."eight states allow lottery winners to conceal their names from the public"

    True, but 44 states partake on most lotteries which mean the VAST MAJORITY do NOT...and for a good reason.

    The publicity given the lottery winner is the better than any ad campaign promoting the lottery.

    It puts a human face on the winner and an actual story of what they plan to do with it.

    No name, no face, no story from an anonymous winner and interest wanes.

    To those so afraid of their name being made public IF they win.....DON'T BUY A TICKET !

    In the long run , the state will LOSE money as interest in the lottery drops with anonymity of the winner.

  • LR1955
    February 6, 2019 at 10:13 a.m.

    Good bill

  • AuntPetunia
    February 6, 2019 at 11:14 a.m.

    More people will buy lottery tickets if the winners are allowed to remain anonymous. Who wants the complete invasion of privacy and “long lost” relatives coming out of the woodwork if you do win?

  • GOHOGS19
    February 6, 2019 at 11:16 a.m.

    great bill, no need for people to know who the winners are. I think it would help them maintain some degree of a normal life.

  • GOHOGS19
    February 6, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.

    GeneralMac people play the lottery to win money, not because they saw some shmuck's face on TV. Bad argument.

  • GeneralMac
    February 6, 2019 at 11:35 a.m.

    Most of you are missing the point.

    The best promotion for the lottery is when the winner comes forward and gives their "story".

    It makes people think........" if THEY can win, so can I "

    Why do you think those TV shows about past lottery winners were popular?

    Do any of you really believe there are people who NOW are not buying lottery tickets but will if this new law takes affect ?

    I can assure you watching the nightly news and seeing the face/name of an actual person winning a huge lotter IS an enticement to buy tickets.

    It is evident most of you favoring this bill are clueless about MARKETING.

    February 6, 2019 at 11:36 a.m.

    A much needed Bill!

  • GOHOGS19
    February 6, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.

    General Mac you are clearly in the minority on this, i've never seen a winner on TV and have bought several tickets.

  • GeneralMac
    February 6, 2019 at 1:27 p.m.

    GOHOGS...."and have bought several tickets"

    So, despite knowing winners names in Arkansas are made public, you still buy tickets?

    YOU have proven my point that this bill is NOT needed as info being made public is NOT a deterent to people buying tickets.

  • PopMom
    February 6, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.

    I agree. Good bill. If you win the lottery, the first thing that one should do is hire a tax attorney who works at a reputable firm to represent you in collecting the money. Crooks are reading these stories and targeting these people with scam investments etc. It's so sad when people end up losing the money because they "invest" in businesses.