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Mega Millions: The world may never know who won a $ 202 million lottery jackpot. This is probably a good thing

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The ticket matched all six numbers of 4, 6, 32, 52, 64 and the mega golden ball of 6.

The $ 202 million jackpot has a cash value of $ 142.2 million.

However, we may never find out the identity of the mega-millionaire.

Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, signed on law in January this allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
Former Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation during his term in 2013, claiming it would “undermine the transparency that provides taxpayers with confidence in the integrity of the lottery and its games” according to nj.com.

But supporters of the law, which was approved unanimously this year, said that lottery winners should be able to make their choice whether or not they want advertising.

New Jersey has joined a handful of other states including Arizona, Delaware, Georgia and Kansas that allow lottery winners to hide their identities if their winnings exceed a certain amount, according to the National Conference of State Legislature.

A choice for the spotlight

The glare reserved for lottery winners can be intense.

“If that person wants that spotlight, they can choose to have it, but if a person wants their privacy they should be entitled to it,” said MP John Burzichelli, according to nj.com.

Burzichelli said the law would prevent lottery winners from being “persecuted and persecuted because of their new wealth and fame”.

“In some cases, lottery prizes have led to winners being robbed and even killed,” said Burzichelli.

The law exempts names and addresses from the state’s open register laws, but state agencies are still able to share information internally to collect child care, overpayments of public assistance and debt, according to nj.com.

Staying anonymous can be the boundary between life and death

Overnight wealth can bring luxury cars, vacations or a home to lottery winners, but it can also garner much attention, harassment and even unwanted violence.

In 2016, a 20-year-old man who had won a lottery jackpot of nearly half a million dollars was killed during a home invasion robbery in Georgia, according to the affiliate of CNN WALB.
And in 2010, Abraham Shakespeare, who won $ 31 million, was found buried under concrete. His friend, Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore has been convicted of his murder.
This fear even brought a woman in 2018 to sue the New Hampshire lottery collect his $ 560 million jackpot anonymously.

In his case, he claimed that disclosure of his identity “would constitute a significant invasion of his privacy” and the judge ruled in his favor.

Following Tuesday’s draw, the Mega Millions jackpot has been reset to $ 40 million.

The next drawing will be on February 14th.

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