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Manuel Franco, 24, second from left, of West Allis was the winner of the $768.4 million Powerball jackpot. He took the lump sum payout of $477 million. With him are Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca and Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - The director of the Wisconsin Lottery suggested Wednesday that keeping the names of lottery winners private could hurt player security and increase lottery fraud.

"Although the advantage to winners of remaining anonymous is apparent, the disadvantage to players, lotteries and other stakeholders are less obvious, frequently overlooked and of great merit," Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin said.

Polzin said during a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would keep the names of lottery winners private that past lottery fraud attempts were identified because the winners' names were made public.

Lawmakers considering the legislation also on Wednesday signaled skepticism of the measure, which has also drawn criticism from open government advocates.