$560m US Powerball victor allowed to remain anonymous

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

A lawyer representing the woman says she was "jumping up and down" after learning of the judge's ruling in her favor.

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Billy Shaheen, a lawyer for the New Hampshire victor, who was described in court papers only as Jane Doe, said that his client was elated to hear the news.

A New Hampshire judge has ruled in favor of "Jane Doe", the victor of the $560 million Powerball jackpot, in her request to remain anonymous.

New Hampshire lottery rules have required the winner's name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws and to increase trust in the lottery system.

Doe put her name and address on the winning ticket for the Jan 6. draw, but before she sent it to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, she turned to attorneys to see if she could remain anonymous.

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In her lawsuit, she said that disclosing her identity "would constitute a significant invasion of her privacy", and that previous winners have been "victims of violence, threats, harassment, scams and constant unwanted solicitation".

The unidentified woman signed her ticket after the January 6 drawing, but later learned from a lawyer that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust. They argued that the public needs to know the name of lottery winners because it shows that "the games played are on the level and that the winners are bonafide lottery participants". "She will be able to live her life normally".

"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the state had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", said a statement from the New Hampshire Lottery. Attorneys for the victor have said she plans to donate between $25 million to $50 million during her lifetime, beginning with donations of $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 apiece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Last week, the commission handed over $264 million - the amount left after taxes were deducted - to the woman's lawyers.

Lawyer William Shaheen said Monday the woman is from Merrimack, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Concord (KAHN'-kard).

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