Q. There are multiple states participating in promoting and administering the Powerball lottery games. Many of these states allow winners of large payoffs to remain anonymous, but Louisiana publicly identifies them regardless of their wishes. Realizing that criminals target such people, why does Louisiana insist on taking this position?

A. Response from Kimberly Chopin, communications manager, Louisiana Lottery Corp.:

“Louisiana Law, in particular La. R.S. 47:9025(B)(6), provides that the name and city or area of residence of a prize winner are public record, meaning that the public has a right to request the information. Depending upon the amount won and public or media interest in the win, winners may not be able to remain anonymous. The statute also permits the Lottery to use winners’ names and city of residence for publicity purposes such as news releases; however, the Lottery’s regular practice is not to use winner information in paid advertising or product promotion without the winner’s willingness to participate. To our knowledge, there is no correlation between being a crime victim and winning a Lottery prize.”

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