Lottery Winner's Killer Says Names Should Be Kept Secret

A lottery winner's killer recently spoke out in support of a bill that would temporarily withhold the names of those who win the lottery.

Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore is currently in jail for the 2009 murder of man who won $30 million in the lottery in Florida. During a recent interview with the Associated Press from jail, Moore said that she supports the Florida bill because releasing the names of the winners "puts a target on them."

The comments by Moore come as the bill that would temporarily withhold lottery winner's names awaits a signature by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after passing in the state's House of Representatives and Senate earlier in February.

The bill, titled HB159, states that it will create a "90-day public record exemption for names of certain lottery winners & allows such winners to waive exemption." The bill will apply to those who win $250,000 or more in the lottery, according to the AP.

According to the Associated Press, in 2009, 42-year-old Abraham Lee Shakespeare won $30 million in a lottery payout. Shortly after Shakespeare won the prize and his name was released, Moore, 49, reached out to him about writing a book on his life. Moore eventually convinced Shakespeare to allow her to manage his lottery winnings, which were around $1 million after giving his friends and family money to pay for their mortgages and other things.

Moore then went on to take the remaining $1 million from Shakespeare's bank account and eventually shot him twice in the chest, the AP reported. Shakespeare was discovered buried in the backyard of a home owned by Moore. According to the AP, Moore also used Shakespeare's lottery winnings to buy several different items, such as a car and even use it to pay for a vacation.

While speaking with the AP on Wednesday, Moore said that she believed even the 90-day exemption period isn't "enough time."

"Ninety days is nothing, you see how quick time flies," Moore told the AP.

Florida Representative Tracie Davis, who sponsored the bill, said during House hearings that while many dream of winning the lottery, "sometimes those dreams become a nightmare."

While the bill awaits a signature from DeSantis to be passed into law, a similar bill was passed in Georgia in 2018 that keeps the names of lottery winners anonymous.

In addition to Georgia, several other states such as Delaware, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Kansas, North Dakota, Texas and Ohio have laws that give lottery winners the opportunity to keep their identity anonymous.

Newsweek reached out to DeSantis's office for comment.

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The woman accused of killing a lottery ticket winner supports a bill in Florida that will keep winner's names temporarily secret. Here, a man fills out his Mega Millions lottery ticket June 29, 2004 at a Citgo gas station in Russell, Illinois on the border of the state of Wisconsin. Tim Boyle/Getty