Nameless no more? SC court wades into lottery winner privacy

South Carolina News

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, a giant check is displayed announcing a winner in the Powerball outside Murphy Express store in Lexington, S.C. South Carolina has long been one of a handful of states where lottery winners can remain anonymous unless they choose to come forward, but that practice is receiving increased scrutiny thanks to a decision from the state’s highest court. The Supreme Court in early April 2021, sided with a man who sought winners’ names and contact information from the Lottery Commission. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has long been one of a handful of states where lottery winners can remain anonymous unless they choose to come forward, but that practice is receiving increased scrutiny thanks to a decision from the state’s highest court.

The Supreme Court earlier this month sided with a man who sought winners’ names and contact information from the Lottery Commission.

The entity sued the man, and a court agreed it didn’t have to release the information.

Last week, justices ruled the broad injunction was improper.

The decision could turn on its head a longstanding anonymity practice by the state Lottery Commission, which has successfully fought off previous open-records requests about winners.

At least 11 states allow anonymity to lottery winners.

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