LANSING, MI – When a lucky Michigan lottery player won a Mega Millions prize of $ 1.05 billion last month one of the first questions asked was “who do you think won the award?” And while we still don’t know exactly who won the jackpot, at some point we will find that state law requires that person’s identity be made public.
However, a bill introduced last week by Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, would allow Michigan multi-state jackpot winners to remain anonymous.
“This is about ensuring safety and ensuring that the winners of these types of games do not receive unwanted or even dangerous attention,” Outman said in a statement. “The bill would allow those who win the lottery to have the choice of keeping their identities anonymous. Allowing a privacy option gives people a sense of security and does not expose them to harassment or a flood of requests for funds, loans or donations. “
In his statement, Outman went on to say that being publicly identified can lead to the winners being bombarded by people asking for money and can potentially endanger the safety of the winner.
Michigan is one of many states that require players who win multi-state jackpots, such as Mega Millions and Powerball, to be publicly identified. However, other states allow the identity of the prize winner to be kept a secret or trusts to claim the prize in an effort to keep the identity private.
“Everyone who plays these types of lottery games is hoping to win big and if that happens it should be a time of celebration, not distress,” Outman said. “Several other states allow winners to remain anonymous and, in my opinion, it is time for Michigan to allow this option as well.”
House Bill 4218 has been referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform for further consideration, according to a statement from Outman.
For the latest information on the Michigan Lottery, visit the official Michigan Lottery website, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.
The last Michigan player to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis of Waterford who won $ 70 million playing Powerball in February. With her earnings, Davis said she plans to buy a new home and a new car.
And while she was the lucky winner, it makes sense for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $ 1 million sold to Hartland. in 2019 was not claimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never showed up to claim the prize. Instead, the money went to the State Educational Assistance Fund.
If you want to be the next Michigan player to win a huge lottery prize, take take a look at these tips by lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery” has won over $ 1 million in Florida by hitting the top jackpots in smaller games.