Pa. lawmaker wants privacy option for lottery winners

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Lottery winners could remain anonymous under legislation pending in the Pennsylvania legislature.

Rep. Ted Harhai (D-Westmoreland) said he plans to reintroduce a bill to amend the state Lottery Act so that jackpot winners could choose to keep their names and other personal information private.

Harhai said past lottery winners have been targeted by swindlers and burglars, and some have faced more serious threats including murder.

He said several other states give winners the option to remain anonymous.

The prize winner’s city and county of residence would still be disclosed.

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