CHAPTER 383

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 360

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 48, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO PAYMENT OF LOTTERY PRIZES.

WHEREAS, the Delaware State Lottery has contributed tens of millions of dollars to the General Fund, revenue which otherwise would have to be raised through taxation; and

WHEREAS, the lottery games' success depend upon their popularity with the participating public; and

WHEREAS, the State Lottery Office proposes to pay prizes in the Delaware Lotto game in installments of $10,000 per year; and

WHEREAS, lottery prizes are unassignable and elderly prize winners have no guarantee that their heirs or themselves will ever receive the full prize amount; and

WHEREAS, members of the General Assembly have heard numerous complaints about the Lottery Office regulations governing distribution of large lottery prizes; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 48, Title 29, Delaware Code, requires the State Lottery Director to continuously study and investigate "the reaction of Delaware citizens to existing and potential features of the games with a view to recommending or effecting changes that will tend to serve the purposes" of the Delaware State Lottery.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend 54808, Chapter 48, Title 29, Delaware Code, by striking said section in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

"§4808. Payment of prizes; non-assignability of prizes.

No right of any person to a prize or a portion of a prize shall be assignable; except that payment of any prize shall be made to the estate of a deceased prize winner; and except that any person pursuant to an appropriate Judicial order may be paid the prize, or portion thereof, to which the winner is entitled. The Director shall be discharged of all further liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this subsection."

Approved July 17, 1984.