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Do You Think Lottery Winners Should Be Required to Reveal Their Identities?

ABC News U.S. 2012/04/07 10:39:33
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  • Cat 1017 2012/04/07 13:32:11 (edited)
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Cat 1017
    +9
    No, caused every leech they have met in their lifetime will try to reattach themselves to the winner....

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  • Tiffany 2012/12/10 22:49:51
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Tiffany
    This issue is not necessarily about privacy as much as it is about security. As you can see from the guy who was killed in FL, it is about people being targeted. Until someone sues the state, nothing will change.
  • mogal2000 2012/08/09 18:45:59
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    mogal2000
    I don't think lotto winners should be made known to the public. I feel this is security issue for the winner and their family. Because once everyone knows you win they all want something from you by harassing you. I also feel this is how people get scammed out of their winnings. I have seen it on a special where this couple was being harassed with death threats if they didn't pay. and what did they do, well they lost all their winnings.
  • milo 2012/04/17 03:47:38
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    milo
    It's nobody's business but the winner(s). What if you or your kids get kidnapped and are asked to pay a ransom? Can we sue the Lottery or the State for causing this drama?
  • milo milo 2012/04/17 03:57:28
    milo
    +2
    Could I claim my winnings in a state that doesn't require revealing of your identity or do you have to live in the state? And what if I live outside the USA now?
  • Mrz Winchester-Salvatore 2012/04/10 06:07:30
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Mrz Winchester-Salvatore
    They should reveal to the lotto commission, but it should be their choice if they want to go publicly
  • rustyshackelford 2012/04/08 18:42:30
  • Bibliophilic 2012/04/08 07:01:27 (edited)
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Bibliophilic
    NO NO NO, this is one reason why I have yet to enter the lottery.

    The only reason why names are revealed is for publicity's sake imho.

    If I won it I can name on my two hands who the recipients of my gift would be. Everyone else should GTFO. Lottery winners do not deserve to be harassed.
  • Jay 2012/04/08 06:37:01
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Jay
    +2
    Why would we require lottery winners names to be revealed? I don't get it.
  • Gregaj7 2012/04/08 05:35:19
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Gregaj7
    +1
    There should be NO requirement of names published.
  • Picasso's Cat 2012/04/08 04:29:25 (edited)
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Picasso's Cat
    +1
    All lotteries state on every ticket that all winners are subject to a title and chapter quoted on the ticket, and their names can be used in advertising by the lottery.
    That pretty much sums it up.
  • A Founding Father 2012/04/08 03:15:50
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    A Founding Father
    +2
    I can't think of a single reason why their privacy should be invaded in this manner. Would we also suggest that all Federal Tax Returns be made public?
  • BlytheSpirit~bn0 2012/04/08 02:30:43
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    BlytheSpirit~bn0
    +2
    I can think of no possible reason why someone should.
  • Georgia50 2012/04/08 01:30:09
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Georgia50
    +3
    Hell yeah. No one is entitled to know about their newfound wealth. Every divorcee of the jackpot winners will want to reopen their divorce settlement.
  • Pete 2012/04/08 01:00:36
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Pete
    +3
    They are entitled to their privacy. Beside what good will it do us when they are the winner and we're all the loser. Get over it and move on..............................
    Peace be with you
  • Tim 2012/04/08 00:56:21
    Yes, if it’s the law in the state they bought the ticket in.
    Tim
    +3
    We have Privacy Laws in Australia which protect them from being named by the media and anyone else. It's extremely important for their safety and that of their families.
  • flrdsgns 2012/04/08 00:55:04
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    flrdsgns
    +4
    Why should they have to reveal their identity? They won, pay them and let them be on their way
  • CHUCK 2012/04/08 00:51:04
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    CHUCK
    +3
    AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE TAXED..
  • TuringsChild 2012/04/08 00:22:04
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    TuringsChild
    +4
    Oh HELL NO. Between the Media and the vultures that would use the info to try to steal it from them, privacy should be paramount for such people.
  • Flea 2012/04/08 00:21:24
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Flea
    +3
    I wouldn't want deadbeat relatives coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches the minute I had to declare it.....
  • Leasheryn/Lady Willpower 2012/04/08 00:12:10
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +6
    They should have their privacy. There will be enough low-lifes crawling out of the woodwork with their hands out as it is. Advertising themselves as winners will only increase that number.
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/04/08 00:11:20
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Andy Fletcher
    +3
    Of course that depends on to who. Naturally they aren't going to make the check out to cash. But it's none of the general public's concern.
  • sglmom 2012/04/07 23:25:12
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    sglmom
    +7
    Quite frankly .. folks should have some privacy
    And that includes the desire to be SAFE in their homes ..
    (If it was me .. I'd not want the constant demands, pleas, or anything else of the headaches of a lotto winner).
  • mal 2012/04/07 23:10:29
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    mal
    +6
    It is none of the publics business.
  • Studied 2012/04/07 23:09:35
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Studied
    +6
    They need to have the choice to have their identies remain unknown, if only to protect them.
  • Walter Harris 2012/04/07 22:07:51
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Walter Harris
    +7
    i don't want my family begging for money
  • Tinka123 2012/04/07 21:23:01
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Tinka123
    +6
    No. There are too many crazy people out there who will try to abduct you or your loved ones for some sort of ransom etc. for all that. People do crazy things when there is money involved - especially for millions of dollars. They ARE entitled to privacy, especially if they have children.

    I see no reason to begrudge the good fortune of others by forcing them into the public eye.
  • Chokmah 2012/04/07 21:08:00
    Yes, if it’s the law in the state they bought the ticket in.
    Chokmah
    +2
    It's the only right thing to do.
  • Andy Fl... Chokmah 2012/04/07 23:58:01
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    Why is it the only right thing to do. You have my curiosity piqued.
  • Chokmah Andy Fl... 2012/04/08 13:02:27
    Chokmah
    If it's the law then it must be complied with.
  • Andy Fl... Chokmah 2012/04/08 13:23:52
    Andy Fletcher
    That's a non answer. I didn't ask if it was law, I asked what makes it the "right thing" to do.
  • milo Chokmah 2012/04/17 03:52:02
    milo
    +1
    Then they should change the damn law. They're putting these winners in harms way by revealing their names and pictures!!!
  • Chokmah milo 2012/04/18 01:09:41
    Chokmah
    They should up the tax on the lottery winners, like a double 'Buffet Tax' or something.
  • cddjmikey 2012/04/07 20:33:55
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    cddjmikey
    +6
    Hell no ! If you win the lotto you shouldn't have to worry about the problem of how to keep away all the people with their hands out for one reason or another. If they want to give to charity it should be their choice, not so somebody will quit stalking them. There is also the matter of those that would try to steal it by kidnapping somebody close.
  • Just MEH....Piwan 2012/04/07 20:30:25
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +4
    Letting everyone know will cause the winner to suddenly discove. r alot of new "friends" and "lost relatives" to appear. GEE, wonder why?!!!!!!!
  • Rebel 2012/04/07 19:34:13
    Yes, if it’s the law in the state they bought the ticket in.
    Rebel
    +1
    I think so. It would defeat attention whores like that one McDonalds worker.
  • Arch Stanton 2012/04/07 19:03:16
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    Arch Stanton
  • jackie 2012/04/07 19:02:08
    No, because they should be entitled to some privacy.
    jackie
    +6
    Of course not! So what all the people would bother them? Let them be happy with their money..
  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2012/04/07 18:15:38
    Yes, if it’s the law in the state they bought the ticket in.
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    +1
    While I really think people should be entitled to their privacy, if it is the law and was when they decided to play, then so be it.
  • Tinka123 Richard... 2012/04/07 21:26:20
    Tinka123
    A better question... should govt. force people, through law, into the public eye just because they came into good fortune?
  • Richard... Tinka123 2012/04/08 12:41:58
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    +1
    No, I think everyone should have a right to privacy, and believe the government should not be involved in our personal lives what so ever. However, if it is the law and presumably was before they decided to play, then they by playing agreed to follow the rules. I'm not saying I support it. I'm just saying that if you are gonna play, you should know the rules and know what to expect. If the rules in your state say that they have the right to release your identity to the public, and you don't agree to it, then don't play.(not you specifically, but anyone wishing to play)

    Besides, the lottery is just a tax on stupid people. I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for stupid.

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