Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Winner of $560M Powerball Jackpot Can Remain Anonymous: Judge

Winner of $560M Powerball Jackpot Can Remain Anonymous: Judge

In January, a woman in New Hampshire won $560 million in the Powerball lottery.

CONCORD, N.H. A judge ruled today that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown.

Judge Charles Temple listens to attorney Steven M. Gordon, who represented lottery victor "Jane Doe", during a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Temple found there was "no evidence" the New Hampshire State Lottery Commission was engaged in fraudulent activity, noting the drawing takes place in Florida.

"If I told you she was ecstatic it would be an understatement", Shaheen said in an email to CNNMoney. "She will be able to live her life normally".

The woman's attorney, William Shaheen, said the woman is from Merrimack, 25 miles south of the state capital, Concord.

Temple said that the court has no doubt that if her identity was revealed, she would be subject to harassment, solicitation and other unwanted communication.

She was identified as "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission that said all Powerball jackpot winners are required to provide their names, town and the amount won as public information.

However, Temple added that nothing in his order could be interpreted to prevent the lottery commission or its employees from "processing, maintaining, or accessing Ms. Doe's ticket in the normal course of business".

The woman signed the back of her ticket, which the state lottery commission argued means her name has to be made public, under state law.

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.

The court had allowed Jane Doe to claim her prize through the Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust facilitated through the law firm with Shaheen serving as trustee while awaiting the ruling.

New Hampshire Lottery officials argued the state's right-to-know law allowed them to reveal her name.

Once taxes were deducted last week, Doe's trust collected more than $264 million. Last week, the trust made donations totaling almost $250,000 to Girls Inc. and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

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