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Proposal to shield lottery winners' names for 3 months OK'd by Arizona Senate

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has passed a bill shielding the names of lottery winners for 90 days after they claim their prize.

Republican Sen. John Kavanagh says his proposal is designed to give big winners time to get financial advice and make security arrangements.

Kavanagh pushed a bill in 2013 that would grant lottery winners anonymity forever, but it didn't pass.

Senate Bill 1047 passed the Senate on a 28-1 vote Monday and now goes to the House for action.

Kavanagh championed the issue after a Phoenix-area man won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November 2012 and his name was released under state public records laws. He says releasing the man's name put him and his family at risk.

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