The world may never know who won a $ 202 million lottery jackpot. It’s probably a good thing


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$ 202 million is more money than most of us can even imagine. But a lucky New Jersey lottery winner may be able to savor all that money in secret – thanks to a new law that came into effect last month.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot draw was won by a single ticket sold at a Quick Stop grocery store in Edison, according to the New Jersey Lottery.

The ticket corresponded to the six numbers of 4, 6, 32, 52, 64 and the Mega Ball d’or of 6.

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

However, we may never find out who the megamillionaire is.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law in January that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

Former Governor Chris Christie vetoed the legislation during his tenure in 2013, arguing that it “would undermine the transparency that gives taxpayers confidence in the integrity of the lottery and its games,” according to nj.com.

But supporters of the law, which passed unanimously this year, said lottery winners should be able to choose whether or not they want the publicity.

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

A choice for projectors

The glow reserved for lottery winners can be intense.

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

Burzichelli said the law would prevent lottery winners from being “hounded and harassed because of their newfound wealth and fame.”

“In some cases, lottery prizes have resulted in the theft and even death of winners,” Burzichelli said.

The law exempts names and addresses from state laws on open cases, but state agencies are still able to share information internally to collect child support, overpayments from government aid and debts, according to nj.com.

Remaining anonymous can be the border between life and death

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

In 2016, a 20-year-old man who won a lottery jackpot of almost half a million dollars was killed in a home burglary in Georgia, according to CNN affiliate WALB.

And in 2010, Abraham Shakespeare, who won $ 31 million, was found buried under concrete. Her friend, Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore was convicted of her murder.

This fear even led a woman in 2018 to sue the New Hampshire Lottery to claim her $ 560 million jackpot anonymously.

In her trial, she said disclosure of her identity “would constitute a material invasion of her privacy,” and the judge ruled in her favor.

After Tuesday’s draw, the Mega Millions jackpot was reset to $ 40 million.

The next draw will take place on February 14.


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