CHARLESTON — A bill passed Tuesday by the West Virginia House would allow lottery winners of $1 million or more to remain anonymous.

Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, said House Bill 2930’s affect would be minimal because no more than 15 people in the state have won that amount or more since the lottery has been in existence.

“It’s a pretty good idea if you’re a dreamer,” he said.

The winner would have to provide contact information to the director of the West Virginia Lottery and express the desire to remain anonymous.

Contact information would be exempt from a Freedom of Information Act request.

The West Virginia Lottery would, however, be permitted to advertise where the ticket was purchased and the winning amount.

The bill passed on a 90-7 vote.

It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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