“When you make lottery winnings secret, it opens the door to shenanigans,” Georgia First Amendment Foundation president Richard Griffiths said in an interview. “The public has the right to know the lottery is open and transparent.”
Griffiths said the foundation will urge House members to “think it through.”
Lottery proceeds help fund the state’s HOPE college scholarship program.
Senate lawmakers added an amendment that does not require winners to pay the state for costs associated with keeping their names private. The bill initially allows the state to collect up to four percent of the winnings for such costs. The bill's lead sponsor, Sen. Steve Henson, D-Stone Mountain, said Monday he believes such costs would be low.
Staff writer Mark Niesse contributed to this article.