Cuomo rejects bill allowing NY Lottery winners to remain anonymous

A bill that received bipartisan support in the state Legislature that would've allowed New York Lottery winners to remain anonymous has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation sponsored by state Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and state Sen. Kathy Marchione would've allowed winners to submit written requests to the New York Lottery if they wish to not have their identities disclosed.

New York Lottery publicizes the winners of large prizes. In 2015, a press conference was held to announce that a retired electrician from Cayuga County won a $42.5 million jackpot on a Lotto ticket. A similar event was held this year when an Auburn man won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket.

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A New York City man who recently won a $343 million Powerball jackpot said he wishes winners could remain anonymous.

Six states — Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina — allow lottery winners to remain private.

The memo of the bill sponsored by Gunther and Marchione details "consequences" lottery winners face, including frivolous requests and scams.

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