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Georgia Senate passes measure to keep lottery winners secret

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bipartisan proposal that would allow Georgia lottery winners to remain anonymous.

The bill was amended before passing the Senate on Monday to remove a clause that called for a charge of up to 4 percent of the winnings in order to keep the information anonymous. The bill was also changed so that only winners of prizes over $250,000 would be able to be kept anonymous.

The proposed legislation has been criticized by open government advocacy groups, who say it is a bad idea to allow the government to hand out millions of dollars to private citizens without a public record.

It is unclear when the House will take up the proposal.

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