New Jersey Lottery Winners Can Now Remain Anonymous
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy signed a slew of bills into law earlier this week including one that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
Murphy signed S-2267 on Wednesday, which makes an exemption to the Open Public Records Act, which allows people who win hefty amounts of money while playing the New Jersey lottery to have the option to have their identity withheld.
The original resolution, which was signed into law in November of 1969, required winners of large amounts of money to reveal their identities to the public. This has come in the form of press conferences, OPRA requests, and press releases.
“To amend, repeal, or supplement any such rules and regulations from time to time as it deems necessary or desirable, and to establish by regulation that holders of winning tickets or shares may choose to remain anonymous indefinitely and that the identity of a holder choosing such option shall not be included under materials available to public inspection,” the amendment says.
Other bills that got the signature of approval by Murphy include those pertaining to sexual assault allegations, vape juice prohibition, and a new “state dog.”
A total of 151 bills were signed by the first-term governor, amounting to over 80% of the bills passed by the legislature. Murphy did not sign 33 bills sent to his desk, which is considered a pocket veto.