Arkansas Senate OKs lottery winner secrecy bill

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Jackpots, including the Powerball jackpot, are on display at the Lotto Store at Primm just inside the California border Wednesday, March 27, 2019, near Primm, Nev. The Powerball jackpot soared to a massive $750 million Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a measure that would allow some lottery winners to keep their identities secret for two years.

The Senate on Wednesday approved by a 25-6 vote a bill that would allow lottery winners who win more than $500,000 to request that state not release their identities.

The proposal would not apply to elected officials and their close relatives. The identities would become public records after two years under the measure.

The proposal now heads to the House, which a day earlier approved a similar measure.

Supporters have said the move is needed to ensure the safety of lottery winners. Opponents have said keeping the information secret would prevent the public from knowing if there is misconduct in the lottery program.

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