SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lottery winners could remain anonymous under a bill making its way through the Oregon Legislature.
The House voted 56-1 to shield the identities of those who win national lottery games. The Oregon State Lottery will not publicly disclose the name and address of prize winners unless they have written permission.
Oregon joins a growing number of state legislatures considering measures to allow big lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous. Nine states allow winners to remain anonymous and Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin are among those considering similar proposals.
Lottery groups have said that disclosing winners' names is important for public transparency and shows that random, everyday people are winning these prizes.
The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
At present, the basis for stories like the one below come directly from the Oregon Lottery and are sent out to media outlets throughout the state. Under the new law, Robert Staley would be entitled to keep the details of his win entirely to himself.