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New bill in Michigan House would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous

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Posted at 6:53 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 06:53:50-05

LANSING, Mich. — A new bill introduced in the Michigan House will allow lottery winners to remain anonymous in Michigan.

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House Bill 4218, introduced by Republican Rep. Pat Outman from Six Lakes, would give Michigan lottery winners of multi-state games the option to remain anonymous. Those games include the Mega Millions, Powerball and Lucky for Life.

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Currently, Michigan law doesn't permit lottery winners to remain anonymous.

“This is all about providing safety and ensuring winners of these types of games do not receive unwanted, possibly dangerous attention,” Outman said in a release. “The bill would allow those who win the lottery to have the choice to keep their identities anonymous. Allowing a privacy option gives people a more secure feeling and does not leave them open to harassment or a flood of requests for funds, loans or donations.”

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.