Thursday letters: Lottery winners can keep quiet

04/24/2014 12:00 AM

04/23/2014 7:30 PM

I often will check to see where the winner of a large lottery comes from. Mainly I do that because I feel like it happens in northern states more than down south.

The last Mega Million jackpot was won by two people, one in Maryland and one in Florida. What I did not know until I read some extra information on this is that Maryland is one of only six states where a lottery winner can legally remain anonymous. The others are Delaware, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.

Our Legislature can do some good things and some dumb things, but at least on this, lawmakers got it right. Can you imagine winning $200,000 or more and having to be pictured all over the Internet, newspaper and other media, subject to all types of criminal activity as well as scams? One thing I read said winners are also subject to bogus lawsuits, which of course take money and time away from their lives.

So thank you, S.C. legislators, for allowing us to hide after we win the big one.

Cheryl Carroll


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