As the news that at least three winning Powerball tickets have emerged, I keep thinking about the suggestion that in order to maintain lottery anonymity, one should ‘donate’ 25 percent of their winnings, which I find ridiculous. I certainly wouldn’t want my name plastered all over the news so that fair-weathered friends and relatives seeking a piece of the pie can suddenly manifest and harass the shit out of me, but I think that Georgia Sen. Josh McKoon is an extortionist.
When I read all of the horror stories from past winners speaking of the hell they have had to go through with relatives, charities, strangers, financial advisors, and sales people trying to manipulate their way into their lives in order to jump on the gravy train I wonder “Why is it necessary to make lottery winners names public?” If they want to gloat that’s one thing, but otherwise, isn’t that putting the winner(s) in danger? Suddenly their wealth is exposed and they are a mark for criminals, hard-luck stories, and frivolous lawsuits, and government officials.
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