The state House overwhelmingly approved Rep. Pat Outman’s legislation that would better protect Michigan residents who win multi-state lotteries from potential danger or harassment.
The bill would allow winners of multi-state games such as Mega Millions, Powerball and Lucky for Life the option to remain anonymous. Current law permits the names of winners to be disclosed publicly and to the media; however, disclosing such information with the public can cause immediate safety issues and other stressors for the winner and his or her family.
If Outman’s plan is signed into law, Michigan would join Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas in allowing multi-state lottery winners to choose to remain anonymous.
“We shouldn’t force Michigan lottery winners to be in a position where they receive unwanted, possibly dangerous attention,” said Outman (R-Six Lakes). “My plan gives them the choice to keep their identities anonymous. A privacy option gives people a sense of security and helps protect them from harassment or a flood of requests for funds, loans or donations.”
Rep. Outman pointed out that the rise of social media in the last 10 years makes it all too easy to find out personal information about a lottery winner, leaving people vulnerable to scams and solicitation.
“Winning the lottery should be cause for celebration, not distress,” Outman said. “Several other states allow winners to remain anonymous – it’s time for Michigan to allow this option as well.”
Outman’s plan, HB 4048, was referred to the Senate for further consideration.
State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes), who serves on the House Energy Committee, issued the following statement celebrating the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approval of the Line 5 Tunnel permitting process: “Michiganders encountered significant energy setbacks over the past week, with rising electricity rates and the looming threat that Gov. Whitmer’s green energy mandates […]
“Rate increases like this are just the beginning of what’s ahead for Michiganders under Democrats’ Green New Deal. Just one day after the governor signed the plan into law, we’re already seeing detrimental impacts.”
“Michigan families are already paying too much for electricity that isn’t reliable,” Outman said. “Rural communities like ours have experienced energy outages in recent years that only stand to get worse under these bills. The people of Michigan don’t want this plan, that’s why Democrats are stepping in to force it on them regardless of what local communities have already decided.”