Anonymity Granted to NH Winner of Powerball Jackpot

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The victor of a US$560 million Powerball jackpot - one of the largest prizes in United States history - can remain anonymous, a New Hampshire judge ruled on Monday.

"The Court finds that disclosure of Ms. Doe's name "would constitute (an) invasion of privacy" under RSA 91-A:5, IV.", Temple wrote in an order released from Hillsborough County Superior Court Southern District in Nashua.

After Jane Doe realized she had won, the victor filled in the back of the ticket, then contacted lawyers who told her that a trustee of a trust could collect the prize and she could remain anonymous.

The victor sued the New Hampshire Lottery last month under the name of Jane Doe, in a bid to collect the winnings through a trust to protect her anonymity.

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The judge last week ruled that the woman could claim her prize money while he considered whether her privacy interests outweighed the state's lottery rules.

Cashiers Kathy Robinson, left, and Ethel Kroska, right, both of Merrimack, N.H., sell a lottery ticket at Reeds Ferry Market convenience store in Merrimack on January 7, 2018.

The Lottery's executive director Charlie McIntyre said: "While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the State had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision".

She learned from attorneys subsequently, however, that New Hampshire would in turn treat her right to privacy as forfeited under the state's Right to Know law.

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"Although the Commission dismissed this harassment as trivial and or speculative, for the court to do so would require it to ignore the significant media attention this case has received, the numerous documents of bad experiences of other lottery winners, as well as the bevy of unsolicited emails, phone calls and in-person visits already directed at Ms. Doe through her attorneys", he wrote. 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.

This victor marks the 11th Powerball jackpot victor in New Hampshire history.

Her attorneys released a statement on Monday saying the victor lives in Merrimack.

Her lawyers sued the Lottery Commission, attempting to keep her identity private, in part, because they say her safety would be in jeopardy. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018. They said she would give $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 apiece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger in the state.

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