Sunday, March 25, 2007

Win the Lottery, Get Your Social Security Number's Photo in the Paper

Brian
When Newport, Maine, resident Venison Turner Jr. (that's right—he is at least the second in his family to be named after the meat that comes from deer) won $300k in the lottery last month, the local paper published a photo of him, his son, and lottery commission forms with Turner's personal information clearly visible:
"What has he won? Because of the lack of editing he has won a lifetime of grief," [Maine Morning Sentinel reader John] Ferry wrote. "Within seconds of glancing at this picture, I noticed the form in the picture includes the man's name, address, telephone number, date of birth and even his Social Security number."
Link (via Freakonomics). I'm sure now that Vension can afford a new identity he'll return to playing the lottery again. I just hope he uses my system.

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Image credits: "Lost - and Hurley's Lottery Ticket after He Passes Out," courtesy Preston and Steve, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.

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