Georgia considers anonymity option for lottery winners

Published: Jan. 11, 2016 at 8:09 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2016 at 10:58 PM EST
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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - A Georgia Senate bill could allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, at a cost of the winnings.

State lawmakers are considering a bill to allow a lottery winner to remain anonymous if they donate 25 percent of the winnings to the Lottery For Education Account or other tax exempt organizations.

With the Powerball lottery jackpot at a new record $1.4 billion Monday, the thought of paying for discretion might be more appealing to players.

The increase came just two days after no winners were announced at Saturday's $949.8 million drawing.

SB 179, as it is known in the Georgia Legislature, was proposed in early 2015 to add the convenience of remaining anonymous for the 25 percent price.

Meanwhile, anonymity is hard to come by in the United States.

READ: Georgia's Senate Bill 179

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Only six states- Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina still allow winners to remain anonymous.

A single winner of the $1.4 billion jackpot would have the option of taking a cash payment of $868 million before taxes.

The Powerball jackpot began rolling Nov. 7 and has rolled 19 times.

Wednesday's drawing is set for 11 p.m. Eastern.

MORE: A look at the record Powerball drawing

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