Staying Anonymous when winning a Jackpot
A grand prize lottery winner has been fighting in the past year to claim his $50 million win without exposing his name to the public. Will this law change lottery rules as we know it?
The winner of a $50 million lottery, who waited a year to collect the prize, has still not been named and currently fighting for the right to remain anonymous. The lucky winner doesn’t wish to be identified as the winner of the March 16, 2014, Lotto Max prize. Despite a clear statement by the B.C. Lottery Corp. that anyone buying a ticket must allow their name and photo to be published before collecting a prize.
The winner has contacted a lawyer and is prepared to fight for anonymity when making a prize claim.
The request to remain anonymous calls into question the long term policy by most lotteries to name winners.
Daniel Senger from Grand Forks Canada said that when he traveled to the Kamloops BCLC headquarters to collect a $5 million 6/49 ticket he had won in February, lottery officials explained they would be taking his picture with an oversized cheque to run on its website. “I said, ‘Supposing I don’t want to go along with that’ and whatnot,” said Senger, 77. “And they said, did you read the back of your ticket, you have to go along with it.” Daniel claimed he “had a bit of a concern” about revealing his identity because he worried about a flood of phone calls and letters “asking for a handout” and felt vulnerable.
“I’ve had a few letters, but not as many as I thought I would,” Senger said.
Like most government agencies that run lotteries, BCLC makes no apologies for wanting to publish winners’ identities.
It’s stated clearly on its website “the Corp. has no obligation to pay or deliver a prize” unless the winner meets conditions stated in legalistic language, including that he “is lawfully entitled to possession of the winning ticket” or that he allows the courts decide who is the lawful holder, and he agrees to having his “name, address, place of residence and recent photograph” taken.
“That protects the integrity of gaming and lotteries by being open and transparent,” said BCLC spokeswoman Laura Piva-Babcock.
The $50 million Lotto Max ticket, which was turned in just before the year was up to collect the prize, has been verified but the process continues since the rightful owner does not wish to be exposed.
Who knows? Perhaps this event will change most lotteries’ policy regarding its winners and make history. In the meantime, you can rest assured that icelotto will not publish your name if you do not wish to be exposed as part of our service to you as your world lottery courier service provider.