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Hassan vetoes bill shielding lottery winners’ name

Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would have kept the names of lottery winners from being released.

Hassan said yesterday the need to be transparent in how lottery money is handed out trumps the need for privacy of winners. She said the lottery is successful because of that openness.

She called the bill well-intentioned.

State Rep. Herbert Richardson, Lancaster Republican, was the measure’s primary sponsor and said that he’ll try to override the veto. Richardson says he brought the measure because jackpot winners whose names were released said they felt harassed.

He also said keeping the names private would promote out of state sales if people knew a win wouldn’t be publicized.

If the override fails, he says he’ll bring the measure back next year.

I agree, WW. As far as out-of-state winners goes, there's no shortage of them with the names public. How about optional for in-state winners; mandatory for out-of-staters? Last thing I need is Rebecca Goldfarb on my doorstep, collecting for when I use to borrow her lunch ticket back in the 7th grade.

You're right, then there's uncle Harry who you never heard of. The telephone calls resulting in having to have your number changed, etc. etc. Thank You Maggie.

It should be up to the winner, if they want their name released.

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