Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

$560M Powerball victor losing $14K a day in interest

$560M Powerball victor losing $14K a day in interest

The woman who won the $559.7 million jackpot, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, filed a complaint asking that a judge allow her to stay anonymous.

Jane Doe had initially signed her name to back of her winning ticket, as directed by the Lottery Commission, but chose to file a complaint in Superior Court upon learning from an attorney that her identity would be public record due to New Hampshire's "Right to Know" law.

The victor could have remained anonymous had the ticket been signed in the name of a trust, but Jane Doe was not aware she could do that before she wrote her own name. Had the ticket been signed by the trustee of a designated trust, the victor could have maintained her privacy.

A hearing has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today to discuss the merits of the case.

The woman's - identified only as Jane Doe - experience illuminates the dark side of state-run lotteries: the dregs that are stirred up by the splashy marketing of happy winners by the lottery.

According, her lawyer wrote that Jane Doe is an engaged member of the community and "she wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the victor of a half-billion dollars".

Cashiers sell a lottery ticket at Reeds Ferry Market where the winning ticket was sold. [Doe's] life will be altered whether her name is released or not.

The New Hampshire resident says she made a huge mistake and hasn't turned in the ticket yet.

New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said he was inclined to honour the woman's request, saying it was a separate issue from whether to reveal her name and address.

Cavanaugh said he understands the woman's concerns - he bought a lottery ticket himself over the weekend. She wishes to be a silent witness to these good works, far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners, ' he wrote in court records. But lottery officials say the chance to do that ended when she signed her name.

The filing says she has set up a trust and plans to contribute a portion of her winnings to charity.

"For us, this is about the challenge of balancing the privacy rights of the victor against the right of the public to know what the lottery does", McIntyre said.

Lottery rules require a victor to complete and sign the back of a winning Powerball ticket before being able to claim the prize.

New Hampshire's lottery commission will ask a court to dismiss a complaint from a Powerball victor asking for anonymity, arguing that releasing the person's name and address is required by law, helps ensures transparency and doesn't put the person's safety at risk. "She wishes to remain in New Hampshire and give back to the state and community that has given so much to her".

Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and SC allow winners to remain anonymous.

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