Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Ind. Gov't. - "Should Hoosiers be allowed to claim lottery winnings anonymously?"
That was the heading of a Kokomo Tribune article by Rob Burgess, published Jan. 24th. It began:
In only five states are lottery winners allowed to claim their winnings anonymously, no questions asked: Kansas, Delaware, Maryland, North Dakota and Ohio.Answers from Kokomo Tribune readers included:
Indiana, though, is a different story.
“The Hoosier Lottery Public Relations Division will be by your side to guide you through publicity and media interactions. You should anticipate a press release containing your name, home city and details about your prize. The Hoosier Lottery may hold a press conference,” reads the Hoosier Lottery’s “Winners' Resource Book for $50,000 or more.” “Our staff will review the questions that you might be asked during your news conference. This will allow you time to contemplate responses that you might be comfortable giving. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. If you don’t want to answer a question, politely decline.”
The handbook cites several Indiana Administrative Code sections to justify this, including, 65 IAC 8-1-3.
“The commission shall have the right to use and publicize the identity and image of any prize claimant in a lottery game,” states the code. “The commission shall not pay any additional consideration to any prize claimant for use of this information or images. No member of the commission, the director, or any employee of the commission shall be personally liable for the use or release of information or images of a prize claimant in compliance with this section.”
So, we wanted to know: “Should Indiana join these five states? Why or why not?”
- “I think we shouldn't have to let anyone know what we have won or how we got our money.”
- “Announcing it is dangerous! It is crazy that some people are not allowed to NOT say ‘Hey, I am rich,’ to the world. Just weird!”
- " I can't imagine the danger I would be in with a multi-million dollar target on my back.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 22, 2016 10:34 AM
Posted to Indiana Government