Monday, January 18, 2016

Should Lottery Winners Name be Released?

Recently the largest lottery jackpot in United states history was won by three people. The Winners of this 1.6 billion dollar Jackpot live in states that require them to make their names public. I believe this law is detrimental to the winners saftey and according to Andrew Stoltmann it's like "throwing meat into a shark-infested ocean." What he means by this is that the winners are often harassed, used, and taken advantage of. Banks and other corporations that are supposed to help the winners manage thier money often push them into bad investments. In addition, winners are more susceptible to stalkers and people who are hungry for their newly acquired money.

An example of tragedy following a win is Abraham Shakespeare, a janitor won $17 million in the Florida lottery in 2006. His big win attracted the deranged Dorice Deedee Moore who proceeded to track down Abraham with a plan to burglarize his remaining money. Her scheme involved her befriending Abraham and convincing him to let her be his financial advisor, giving her control of his money and house. After achieving her goal she murdered Abraham in July of 2007. Moore is currently serving a life sentence for the crime.

The reason they are released is due to public suspicion. If the public doesn't see the winners they may be discouraged to purchase a ticket according to supporters of the laws. But, I believe that the safety of the winners should be the top priority of law makers.

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