Christie vetoes lotto anonymity bill

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Monday that would have given lottery winners an option to remain anonymous for one year.

The governor told lawmakers in his veto message that the proposal “could undermine the transparency that provides taxpayers confidence in the integrity of the Lottery and its games.” He also said he worried the proposal could hurt ticket sales, arguing it could hurt marketing and public excitement generated when lotto winners are announced.

The proposal, S2226/A2982, sought to give winners of the New Jersey Lottery up to a year of anonymity.

Christie conditionally vetoed the measure, proposing instead that the State Treasurer conduct a review of rules pertaining to delayed disclosure of winners and its effect on “lottery integrity and ticket sales.”

Christie vetoes lotto anonymity bill