Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Powerball victor refuses to ID herself, sues for anonymity

$560m Powerball winner is a NH woman - and she's fighting in court to stay anonymous $560M Powerball winner refuses to claim prize as she fights for anonymity
Ray Hunter | 07 February, 2018, 02:03

The woman, who court documents fittingly only refer to as "Jane Doe", signed the back of her winning lottery ticket with her name as New Hampshire Lottery Commission Rules state.

Because the latest victor has already signed her name on the winning ticket, any adjustment to the signature would nullify the ticket for $559.7 million.

However, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission said that there are rules in place that state winners must be announced publicly.

She then contacted a lawyer and learned that she could have shielded her identity by instead writing the name of a trust.

Gordon calls her "a connected with group part" who "wishes to proceed with this work and [keep] the flexibility to stroll into a market or go to open occasions without being referred to or focused as the victor of a half-billion dollars".

The court document, which identifies the woman only as Jane Doe, states that she values her privacy and wanted to support charitable causes without having her identity thrown into the limelight.

Her lawyers argue her privacy interest outweighs the insignificant public interest in disclosing her name.

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Gordon added that the victor hoped to be "contribute a portion of her winnings to a charitable foundation" and to then be a "silent witness to these good works", avoiding the "misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners". It's not illegal to win the lottery and how you handle your own finances (provided you're not breaking the law) is your own business.

In a statement to the Boston Globe, the state lottery's executive director, Charlie McIntyre, said his agency understands that winning such a large sum is a "life-changing occurrence".

Here in Australia lottery winners are protected by law and can remain anonymous if they wish.

The lawsuit, however, says Jane Doe now joins a small demographic of big jackpot winners that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous". Any adjustment to the ticket purchased at Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack would invalidate it, the lottery commission claims. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target.

'I'm very excited and overwhelmed, ' Safa said.

"She got every bit of his money", Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said in closing arguments.

A hearing is scheduled for February 21 to address the woman's request.

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