Wisconsin discusses lottery bill

A Wisconsin lottery bill will undergo a public comment process as lawmakers consider to keep lottery winners’ names secret through such legislation.

US.- Lottery winners’ identities remain a major debate point nationwide and Wisconsin is now discussing its own lottery bill. Republicans are planning to take public comments on legislation that would keep lottery winners’ names secret.

The Legislature’s Committee on State Affairs held a hearing on the measure in the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Back in April, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos introduced Wisconsin’s lottery bill at the same time a winner claimed his prize. Manuel Franco, who won US$768 million said he felt paranoid as soon as he realised he had won.

Mr Vos cited Franco in a memo seeking co-sponsors for the bill. He assured forcing lottery winners to reveal their identity exposes them to fraud and harassment.

Several other states have considered similar legislation. Arkansas pushed for its own recently, as did Virginia. They all seek to protect winners identities.