How one state lawmaker hopes to protect the privacy of lottery winners

Jan 12, 2016


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The Powerball jackpot has hit a record $1.5 billion for Wednesday night's drawing.

Should you beat the astronomical odds and actually win that eye-watering jackpot, you would also surrender your privacy.

And that's something State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, wants to fix.

He's introduced a bill that would allow it to be your choice whether the world knows you’ve won the lottery. 

The Michigan Lottery Commission does not agree with Franz. It believes it is public money and wants everyone to know that public money has been paid out.

Listen to our conversation above to learn more about House Bill 4433 and hear how anonymity has worked in states that do offer anonymity to winners.