HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 14Bill Introduced to Prevent Lottery from Disclosing Winners

Last Tuesday, April 14, 2015, legislation was introduced seeking to amend Section 25 of the McCauley-Traxler-Law-Bowman-McNeely lottery act (“Lottery Act”), which seeks to prohibit the Michigan Lottery from publicly disclosing the personal information of certain lottery winners.

House Bill 4433 (“HB 4433”) was introduced in the Michigan House and would, if signed into law, prevent the Michigan Lottery from publicly disclosing the name, address, or any other personal information concerning a winner of a prize awarded greater than $10,000 unless the winner agrees to allow such disclosure in writing. HB 4433 applies to both Michigan-specific lottery games as well as multi-state lottery games that have been entered into pursuant to a joint enterprise participation agreement.  Such disclosure limits already exist for Michigan-specific games.

“The Michigan Lottery is opposed to such legislation,” stated Jeff Holyfield, Public Relations Director for the Michigan Lottery. “The Michigan Lottery’s mission is to sell tickets to the public to provide funds to the state’s School Aid Fund.  Our position is that allowing the identities of winners to be shielded from the public would hurt sales by reducing media coverage and limit the Lottery’s ability to use winners to advertise and promote games and prizes. Shielding the identities of winners of large prizes from the public also would undermine the public’s confidence in the integrity of the Lottery by reducing its openness and transparency.”

In addition, HB 4433 further clarifies that such information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. It has been referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform, which is scheduled to be addressed on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

 

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