Lottery Winners Anonymous Part II

New Jersey Lottery winners would have the option of staying anonymous for one year under a bill that is now headed to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk, according to NJ.com.
The state Senate voted unanimously to pass the measure which cleared the Assembly without opposition in December.
Under current law, winners' identities are public information, and the state Lottery Commission can publicize their names, hometowns, prize winnings and photographs.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli, a sponsor, said lottery winners face all kinds of pitfalls once people find out they’ve struck it right.
“Winning the lottery can be a blessing and a curse. Once their identities become public, lottery winners can become targets for unscrupulous individuals and scam artists looking to get a piece of their winnings. In worst case scenarios, lottery winners have been kidnapped and killed,” Burzichelli said. “Unless the individual wants his or her identity revealed, residents who are lucky enough to win the lottery should have the option to remain private for the sake of their own safety.”
- - - - -
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot remains near the minimum level. Tomorrow’s Powerball multi-state lotto game has a huge jackpot.
MEGA MILLIONS
03/19/2013
$13,000,000 est
Cash Option:$9,500,000

POWERBALL
03/20/2013
$260,000,000 est
Cash Option:$161,100,000