CNN$202 million is more money than most of us can even fathom. But one lucky lottery player from New Jersey may be able to secretly enjoy all that money, thanks to a new law that went into effect last month.

Tuesday’s drawing of the Mega Millions jackpot was won by a single ticket sold at a Quick Stop Food Store in Edison,¬†according to the New Jersey Lottery.

The ticket matched all six figures of four, 6, 32, 52, 64 and the Mega Ball of 6.

The $202 million jackpot includes a cash worth of $142.two million.

However, we may never learn the identity of the mega-winner.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed a law in the month of January that enables lottery winners to remain anonymous.
Former Governor Chris Christie vetoed the legislation throughout his tenure in 2013 by debating it would “undermine the transparency that provides taxpayers confidence in the integrity of the lottery and its games,” according to

But supporters of the law, which passed unanimously this season, stated lottery winners should be able to make their own decision about whether or not they want the publicity or otherwise.

NJ became just one of a number of other states including Arizona, Delaware, Georgia and Kansas that permit lottery winners to conceal their identities if their winnings exceed a specific amount, based on the National Conference of State Legislatures.

An option for the spotlight

The glare restricted to lottery winners could be intense.

“In the event that person wants that spotlight they are able to elect to get it, but if an individual wants their privacy they must be titled into it,” Assemblyman John Burzichelli stated, based on

Burzichelli stated what the law states would prevent lottery winners from being “hounded and harassed because of their newly found wealth and fame.”

“In some instances, lottery prizes have led to winners being conned as well as wiped out,” Burzichelli stated.

What the law states exempts addresses and names in the state’s open records laws and regulations, but condition agencies continue to be in a position to share the data internally to gather supporting your children, public assistance overpayments, and financial obligations, based on

Remaining anonymous can mean the difference between life and death

The overnight wealth may bring dream vacations, luxury cars, vacations or a new house to lottery winners, but it may also garner lots of undesirable attention, harassment, or even violence.

In 2016, a 20-year-old man who won a half-billion dollar lottery jackpot was murdered during a home invasion robbery in Georgia, based on CNN affiliate WALB. In 2010, Abraham Shakespeare, who won $31 million, was found buried under concrete. His close friend was charged with his murder.
Fear of such a terrible outcome prompted a woman in 2018 to sue the New Hampshire Lottery to claim her $560 million jackpot in anonymity.

In her proceedings, she stated that disclosing her identity would “constitute a substantial invasion of her privacy,” and the judge ruled in her favor.

After Tuesday’s drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot resets to the base jackpot, $40 million. The upcoming drawing is on Feb 14.

A version of this story originally appeared here.

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