Missouri lawmakers reverse lottery policy, vote to keep winners secret

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Jay Mosley legislation (HB 402) was given overwhelming bipartisan approval by the General Assembly and is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Mosley sponsored the bill to provide an added level of safety for individuals who win lottery prizes in Missouri. The current practice is for prize winners to have their names posted to the lottery website to announce their winnings. Mosley’s bill will change state law to prohibit the lottery from publishing the name, address, or identifying information of a lottery winner in printed or electronic form. The bill does allow a winner to sign a form allowing the Lottery to disclose his or her identifying information.

Mosley said the change is needed to give winners the option to stay anonymous.

“The last thing we want is for the excitement of winning the lottery to be replaced with a sense of fear because the newfound money draws unwanted attention. We’ve seen cases where winners are harassed and even threatened, and that’s something we want to do all we can to prevent. This is a simple change but one that will protect everyone who plays the lottery here in Missouri,” said Mosley, D-Florissant.

Mosley said several states, including Kansas, allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. He said passage of his bill could encourage more people who are concerned about their safety to play the lottery in Missouri rather than cross the state line to play the lottery in Kansas where their identity will be protected.