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Monday, November 21, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Should Hoosiers be allowed to claim lottery winnings anonymously?"

Updating this ILB post from July 29, 2016, Will Higgins of the Indianapolis Star reported on Nov. 18th under the headline "Lilly retiree wins Lotto millions, quietly" - the story begins:

For the second time in four months, an overnight millionaire Hoosier Lottery winner has chosen to remain anonymous. Well, mostly anonymous.

On Wednesday, the winner of $6.5 million in the Hoosier Lotto was identified in a lottery news release as "Indy grandfather" who "retired from Eli Lilly after 38 years."

In July, the lottery held a full-on news conference to announce that a "Hamilton County family" had won a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot. But the family not only didn't attend the event, they accepted the prize money through a limited liability corporation to avoid public detection.

"We have some players come in and want to tell the world," said Jerry Grider, who handles public relations, including "winner awareness," for the lottery. "We have some who want to remain anonymous." He said he could not say if lottery winners were increasingly opting for the down low because lottery officials don't keep such statistics.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 21, 2016 02:55 PM
Posted to Indiana Government