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1149, 24 Apr 19

Bill to Keep Lottery Winners Secret

I disagree with this bill.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Gary Tauchen announced the bill Tuesday, about 40 minutes after Manuel Franco of West Allis appeared a Madison news conference to reveal he had won a $768 million Powerball jackpot, the third largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Current state law doesn’t allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Tauchen said in a news release announcing the bill that lottery winners often become targets of fraud, abuse and harassment.

Franco said at his news conference that he felt a sense of paranoia after he realized he won. He says he thought somebody was behind him every day and he kept the winning ticket in a safe.

We are talking about a government agency handing out gobs of money. Transparency is required to protect against fraud, corruption, and abuse.


1149, 24 April 2019


  1. Mar

    It’s really not a government agency handing out the money, is it? It’s not taxpayer money but player money.
    Considering how many people are going to after this guy with money requests, both legit and scams, I wouldn’t blame him he wanted to remain anonymous.

  2. jjf

    Do you need Vos’s number?

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