ZEBULON — The state legislator who introduced a bill concealing the identity of lottery winners is kin to one of the lottery’s big-check recipients.
Rep. Darren Jackson’s father, Glenn Jackson, won a $1 million Powerball jackpot in 2007, the Wendell Democrat said Tuesday. Jackson said he took his dad’s Powerball experience into consideration when writing House Bill 516, which bars the N.C. Education Lottery from publicizing the name and hometown of lottery winners.
“He wasn’t a victim of a crime or break-ins or anything,” Jackson said. “But I remember he got calls from solicitors for months.”
Jackson insists his family history had little to do with his decision to introduce the bill earlier this month, or his recent decision to ask committee chairs to table the bill for further research.
“It’s really just about preventing people from doing unethical things,” Jackson said.
Jackson said several people called him this week with concerns about how his bill would affect agencies hoping to collect debts from lottery winners. By law, the N.C. Education Lottery is required to withhold lottery winnings from those who win more than $600 and are listed in the N.C. Department of Revenue’s debt set-off program.
“I want to look at (the laws) again, so I’ve asked that bill sponsors not schedule it,” Jackson said. “I dont think it will be heard this session.”
Jackson said he wouldn’t have pursued the bill if he had known it would draw attention to his father, who was unavailable for comment.