Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Winner of $560M Powerball can stay anonymous, judge rules

Winner of $560M Powerball can stay anonymous, judge rules

A judge in Concord, New Hampshire, ruled on Monday that the $560 Powerball jackpot victor who sued to keep remain anonymous, despite signing her ticket with her actual name, can keep the riches and her name withheld from the public.

The lawsuit challenges the New Hampshire Lottery's rule that she must identify herself in order to collect her money.

Judge Charles Temple ruled that disclosing the woman's name would be an invasion of privacy and allowed her to be exempt from a state law which requires the release of a winner's name and hometown.

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The judge dismissed the state's argument that disclosing her name would show the public that the lottery system is above board.

"T$3 he court has no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications", Temple wrote. The firm said she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting them.

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.

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"She was jumping up and down", Shaheen said of his client's reaction to Temple's ruling. Lawyer William Shaheen says the woman is from Merrimack, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Concord (KAHN'-kard).

In a brief statement Monday, Charlie McIntyre, the New Hampshire Lottery's executive director, said the ruling surprised his agency. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.

In the resolution, Temple called that argument "weak" because a trustee claiming a prize on behalf of an anonymous individual is certainly not a "bona fide" participant and is not the "real" victor of the prize.

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Last week she received just over $264m - her winnings minus taxes and bearing in mind winners get a smaller amount if they opt for a lump sum payment. The state Attorney General's Office said the woman's name must be revealed because she signed the back of the ticket, USA Today reported. As part of their bid to keep her name out of the news, Doe's attorneys created a trust to shield her identity and asked the commission not to identify her. She has already donated a combined US$250,000 to Girls Inc of New Hampshire, an empowerment group for girls, and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides meals for school children during the weekends. It is the first of what her lawyers said would be donations over the years of between $25 million to $50 million during her lifetime.

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