Arkansas lottery bill allowing winners of more than $500,000 to remain anonymous passed Senate heads to House Rules Committee

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - A bill that would allow someone who won more than $500,000 in the Arkansas lottery to remain anonymous sailed through the state Senate Wednesday.

The Senate voted 26-9 to approve SB355, sponsored by Sen. Larry Teague (D-Nashville).

Under the bill, the person’s name would be exempt from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act if they request the change. Elected officials and an individual related to the official “in the second degree of consanguinity” would remain anonymous for only six months.

However, the bill would allow any records or information filed with the Arkansas Lottery to become public after three years.

The bill was sent Wednesday afternoon to the House Rules Committee.