Elizabeth Banicki reports:
A Texas lottery winner sued the state to keep his identity private, for the privacy and safety of his family. After the Lottery Commission claimed that it had received a freedom of information request about the winner, Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that information about John Doe should be released without redactions.
State lotteries customarily use information about winners, including photos, to advertise the gambling games.
In his complaint in Travis County Court, Doe says the Lottery Commission asked him for “a written statement describing his purchase of the winning ticket and the events that transpired prior to its presentation to the Lottery Commission for verification.”