Anonymity Granted to NH Winner of Powerball Jackpot

Judge Charles Temple listens to attorney Steven M. Gordon who represents lottery winner

Anonymity Granted to NH Winner of Powerball Jackpot

A lawyer representing a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million says the victor was "jumping up and down" after learning a judge ruled she can keep her identity private.

The judge ruled the New Hampshire Lottery Commission can not release the woman's name or address. "That said, we will consult with the Attorney General's office to determine appropriate next steps regarding the case".

A judge in the New Hampshire Superior Court ruled in her favor, according to her lawyer, William Shaheen.

He sided with the so-called Jane Doe.

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Doe, Temple noted, had "met her burden of showing that her privacy interest in the nondisclosure of her name outweighs the public interest in the disclosure of her name".

A judge has ruled that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million can keep her identity private. He cited how a past lottery victor received a bomb threat, how another had received nonstop phone calls and how several others had received requests from strangers who wanted handouts.

She was upset after learning she was giving up her anonymity by signing the ticket - something the lottery commission acknowledged isn't spelled out on the ticket, but is detailed on its website.

Temple wrote the New Hampshire Lottery Commission "would have permitted the trustee of a trust to fill in the back of the ticket and claim the winning prize had Ms. Doe not already filled in the back of the ticket", according to the resolution.

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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".

Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from Saturday's drawing to claim their prizes.

After winning the Powerball in January, "Jane Doe" made a "huge mistake" by following instructions and signing her name on the ticket, as recommended online.

Doe had to provide the winning ticket, a photo ID and her Social Security number as proof of her eligibility, and the ticket has been held in a secure location while the parties awaited today's decision.

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Once taxes were deducted last week, Doe's trust collected more than $264 million.

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