senate Bill S1349

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Permits state lottery winners to remain anonymous to the general public

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S1349 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2317A
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1613, Tax L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7315

S1349 - Bill Texts

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Permits state lottery winners to remain anonymous to the general public.

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BILL NUMBER:S1349

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the tax law, in relation to permitting state lottery winners to
remain anonymous to the general public

PURPOSE:
To protect the privacy of NYS lottery
winners by limiting the
disclosure of identifying information of any holder of a winning
ticket.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends the tax law in relation to disclosure of
personal identifying information of NYS lottery winners.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In recent years, high jackpot lottery
drawings seem to
be more common. The benefits of winning such a lottery are obvious
and well known. However, there are other consequences of being a
"lucky" winner - especially when identifying information about the
winner is publicly disclosed. Lottery winners are besieged with
requests.
Sometimes the requests are legitimate (e.g. charitable donation),
sometimes they are frivolous (e.g. speculative business ventures).
Some requests are just scams. Public disclosure of a lottery winner's
identifying information makes the winner vulnerable to this sort of
activity. More importantly, it can make the lottery winner a target
of criminal activity. This can include burglary, kidnapping,
harassment, fraudulent lawsuits, etc.

Unfortunately, in today's economic climate, winning the lottery has
become the American Dream for some people. For those lucky enough to
win the lottery, protections should be in place to preserve their
privacy and well-being. By addressing this issue, this legislation
will maintain privacy and protect lottery winners from potential
criminal activity.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S7315 of 2011-12; Referred to Racing, Gaming & Wagering

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1349

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and  Wager-
  ing

AN  ACT  to  amend  the tax law, in relation to permitting state lottery
  winners to remain anonymous to the general public

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision a of section 1613 of the tax law, as amended by
chapter 426 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
  a.  It  shall  be  the duty of the director to require that all prizes
over five thousand dollars in any game be awarded to holders of  winning
tickets  for  that  game as provided in this section and section sixteen
hundred fourteen of this article. Within one week after any  drawing  or
selection  of  prize winning lottery tickets, the division shall deliver
to the comptroller a certified list of the tickets to which  prizes  are
awarded  and  the amount of each such prize. Upon receipt of such certi-
fied list and voucher of the division, moneys sufficient for the payment
of such prizes shall be paid to the  division  from  the  lottery  prize
account,  upon  audit  and  warrant  of  the comptroller. Moneys for the
payment of lottery prizes shall be deposited by the director as provided
in section sixteen hundred eleven of this article and the withdrawal  of
such moneys for the payment of prize winners shall be subject to a check
signed  by the director or such officers or employees of the division as
the director may designate. The division shall each  month  provide  the
comptroller  with  a  record of all such withdrawals from the director's
accounts. Payment of prizes shall be made by the division to holders  of
the  tickets  to  which  prizes  are awarded, except that payment of any
prize drawn may be paid to the estate of a deceased prize winner, may be
paid pursuant to a court order granted as a result of  a  proceeding  as
provided  in  subdivision  d of this section, and except that any person

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02278-02-3

S. 1349                             2

pursuant to an appropriate judicial order may be paid the prize to which
the winner is entitled.  THE DIVISION SHALL NOT  PUBLICLY  DISCLOSE  THE
NAME,  ADDRESS  OR  OTHER  IDENTIFYING  INFORMATION  OF  ANY HOLDER OF A
WINNING  TICKET  OR  REQUIRE  ANY  WINNING  TICKET HOLDER TO PERFORM ANY
PUBLIC ACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE AWARDING, PAYMENT OR COLLECTION OF
PRIZE MONEYS WHERE A HOLDER OF  A  WINNING  TICKET  PROVIDES  A  WRITTEN
REQUEST TO THE DIVISION. The division shall be discharged of all further
liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this subdivision.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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