New Jersey considers allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous

David Madden
February 23, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PAULSBORO, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- There are a handful of states, including Delaware, where big time lottery winners do not have to have their identities released or attend press conferences to get their prize. New Jersey could soon join that list.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) tried to get this idea approved before, only to see it vetoed by former Governor Chris Christie. He says with Phil Murphy in charge now, the concept could get a second chance. 

"The requirement to say we have to bring you before the spotlight in front of cameras and say you just won a million dollars, when that happens I suspect that person has a whole lot friends he never thought he had and relatives he never knew he had or she had," Burzichelli told KYW Newsradio.

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And he has this response for some who might oppose allowing winners to keep their good fortune to themselves.

"New Jersey's Lottery Commission and Treasury will know who the winner is," Burzichelli added. "So the idea that the person will not pay their appropriate taxes because they've won and remain anonymous is just not going to be the case."

He looks for the legislative support he had the last time around, and perhaps a different outcome with Murphy making the final call.

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