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Anonymous Lottery States 2024

Anonymous Lottery States 2024

Winning the lottery is a dream come true for a handful of lucky people. After all, who wouldn't love to spend a few dollars and potentially be set up for life with millions of dollars?

Unfortunately, though, being a lottery winner has its cons. Among these is paying taxes on your lottery winnings. Additionally, people that have scored the jackpot may suddenly find their phones constantly ringing with relatives, friends, and even unknown people asking for loans. They may even start receiving communications from investment brokers and other financial experts that want to take them on as new clients. Furthermore, winners whose identity and newfound wealth are disclosed to the public leave them open to robberies, kidnappings, and even murders.

To protect these winners, some states have allowed big jackpot winners to remain anonymous. Only a small number of states allow winners of the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots to remain anonymous.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball, explicitly states that if you purchase a winning lottery ticket in the following eleven states, you have the legal right to remain anonymous:

All remaining states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands require lottery winners to publicly come forward to claim their cash prize.

As of 2019, several states are pushing for legislation that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous if they so choose. Additionally, some states have alternative ways for lottery winners to protect their privacy, such as claiming the prize in the name of a trust or LLC.

Anonymous Lottery States 2024

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Can Stay Anonymous?
Permanent Anonymous Eligible?
Additional Conditions
AlabamaHas no lottery
AlaskaHas no lottery
ArizonaYesWinners of $100,000 or moreWinners of $600 or more are confidential for 90 days after the prize has been awarded .
ArkansasYesWinners of $500,000 or more
ColoradoPartiallyThe first name and first initial of the last name goes onto the Colorado Lottery website.
FloridaPartiallyWinners of $250,000 or moreEligible winners are exempt from public disclosure for 90 days after claiming their prize. Their specific address and phone number can remain confidential.
GeorgiaYesWinners of $250,000 or more
HawaiiHas no lottery
IllinoisYesWinners of $250,000 or moreEligible winners can request to have their name and hometown confidential.
KansasYesYesWinner must request anonymity.
KentuckyYesSharing personal info is optional, but can be obtained through an open records request.
MarylandYesYesNo data published without consent.
MassachusettsNoWinners may establish a trust to claim their winnings.
MichiganYesWinners of more than $10,000Winners of multi-state games such as Mega Millions can still be named publicly.
MinnesotaYesWinners of more than $10,000
MississippiYesYesNo data published without consent.
MissouriYesYesNo data published without consent.
MontanaYesYesNo data published without consent.
NevadaHas no lottery
New HampshireNo
New JerseyYesYesWinner must choose to remain anonymous.
New MexicoNo
New YorkNo
North CarolinaNo
North DakotaNo
OhioYesWinners of $100,000 or more
OklahomaNoWinners can establish a trust.
Rhode IslandNo
South CarolinaYesYes
South DakotaNo
TennesseeYesSharing personal info is optional, but can be obtained through an open records request.
TexasYesWinners of $1 million or more
UtahHas no lottery
VirginiaYesWinners of $10 million or more
West VirginiaYesWinners of $1 million or more
WyomingYesYesNo data published without consent.
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How many states have an anonymous lottery?

21 states allow lottery winners to stay anonymous.

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