First Posted: 3/19/2015
RALEIGH (AP) — A General Assembly committee has rejected legislation proposing the North Carolina Education Lottery keep hidden from the public the names of winners of significant prizes.
A House judiciary panel voted Wednesday against recommending the bill from Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County. It would have made confidential the identifying information of a winner — like name, hometown and how much money was won — unless the winner agreed for its release.
Jackson has said people with good fortune shouldn’t have to face scrutiny from neighbors or people seeking to prey upon them and their winnings. Opponents included state media associations and the lottery, which said releasing the information reinforces credibility about the games.
The committee earlier Wednesday narrowly voted down an amendment that would have kept private the information temporarily.