Can you keep a Lotto Win Secret?

10th December 2018 6:44am

We all have secrets, but it appears you can't keep a jackpot lottery win a secret in New York!

Earlier this week, Andrew Mark Cuomo the current Governor of New York refused to accept a bill that would have allowed lottery winners in New York to keep their new wealth secret if they so desired.

State law requires that all big jackpot winners of $5,000 or more be identified publicly for the good of the game and to ensure that the lottery remains in the public eye.

"The presentation and sharing of certain information provides comfort to the general public that there was an actual winner, and the state was not simply adding all the money to its own coffers," Cuomo wrote in his veto message.

We reckon it would be crazy-hard to keep a whooping big lottery win secret forever anyway!

However, if you do have a big lottery win in New York state and for whatever reason you are determined to stay tight lipped there is a get out clause under the current law.

You just have to form a limited liability company and then claim the jackpot prize under the company's name! 

Doing so "maintains accountability to the public while also allowing the individual to remain anonymous," Cuomo wrote.

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