“It occurred to me to put your name so quickly put out into the public really would subject you to a lot of problems,” Kavanagh told the Arizona Republic. “The safety problems, like your kid being kidnapped or burglarizing your house when you’re suddenly worth $10 million-$20 million dollars, to the little things like suddenly everybody who’s an investment adviser is hounding you.”
Kavanagh sponsored a 2013 bill that would have kept winners’ names from the public forever, but it failed to pass. Lawmakers in other states have proposed similar measures that were never signed into law, including one in New York in 2013, while a 2012 New Jersey bill would have given winners a year before their names were made public.
Only Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, and Ohio allow winners to remain anonymous, Chuck Strutt of the Multi-State Lottery Association told The Washington Post.