Big lottery winners could soon keep their names private after the Georgia Senate approved legislation Thursday.
The measure, Senate Bill 331, would guarantee anonymity for anyone who wins more than $250,000 from the Georgia Lottery upon written request.
The bill’s sponsor, Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Stone Mountain, has said the legislation was necessary to keep lottery winners safe. Winners who go public are sometimes targeted with scams or physical harm.
A man who won $400,000 from the lottery in Fitzgerald, Ga., was killed in 2016.
The House amended the legislation earlier this month. and the Senate agreed to the changes.
The bill now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk for his consideration.
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