With a bit of luck, the House could soon vote to protect the names of Florida lottery winners.
The House State Affairs Committee voted Thursday in support of a bill (HB 159) to protect winners from the wealth of unintended consequences for hitting the jackpot. The bill, carried by Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Tracie Davis, is now ready for the full House to consider.
Florida law already makes the address and phone number of winners confidential. The proposal would allow those who win $250,000 or more to keep their names confidential for 90 days, though they would be allowed to waive that right also.
Lottery winners are currently made public for transparency — to show the winners are legitima...