Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners

Source: MGN

PHOENIX (AP) - It comes as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.

Arizona could be the next state with a law that lets winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Current law shields winners' names for 90 days.

Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, but the number has grown to at least nine. Others allow trusts to claim prizes.

At least eight state legislatures considered measures shielding winners' names this year. Virginia's governor signed such legislation, while New Mexico's governor vetoed a winner secrecy measure.