Senator Clark Jolley
State Capitol Room 528A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2006
Senator Clark Jolley
Jolley Plans Legislation to Close Lottery
After hearing reports that
a second Oklahoma lottery prize had been claimed by a trust, rather
than an individual, Sen.
Clark Jolley announced he would file legislation for the 2007
session to close the loophole enabling individuals to form anonymous
trusts after finding they had a winning ticket. Jolley, R-Edmond,
said this loophole undermines the integrity of the lottery.
“We were told the lottery would be open, it would be transparent—full
accountability. We would know the name and towns of everyone who
had won,” Jolley said. “I think winners being anonymous
trusts instead of real people cause problems with both accountability
and trust of the lottery. Are the people winning actually eligible
to win? Are they in-state residents that are hoping to avoid taxation?
Is the winner actually a deadbeat dad who owes tens of thousands
of dollars in child support but will avoid having to pay it by placing
the winnings in a trust? There are a lot of issues that come up
from this and I think it’s time that we address it.”
Sen. Jolley said his legislation would prevent a trust from claiming
lottery winnings unless that trust, not an individual, had actually
purchased the winning ticket. He also wants to ensure that all trusts
have personal taxpayer identification numbers attached to them from
somebody within the state of Oklahoma so that full taxes are withheld
as well as any back due child support that may be owed.
Jolley said he hoped lawmakers would view his proposal as nonpartisan
when it comes up for a vote next session.
“I would hope that everybody would see our citizens approved
what they believed was a transparent and open lottery system,”
Jolley said. “I think this is a common sense solution to make
sure that our lottery is open, accountable and transparent.”
For more information contact:
Senator Jolley's Office - (405) 521-5622