Victor of $560M Powerball refusing to claim prize over anonymity

Lynette Rowe
February 7, 2018

A New Hampshire woman found out she was the victor of the $559.7 million Powerball grand prize drawn on January 6. It is New Hampshire's second Powerball jackpot victor in the past year and a half, and is the sixth-largest Powerball jackpot on record and the seventh-largest jackpot overall.

Her suit lists the many ills that have befallen past lottery winners, who have been murdered or besieged by con artists, friends and strangers all seeking a piece of their wealth. She wishes to continue to have "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".

As the victor of last month's $560 million Powerball, she would soon be the world's newest owner of a nine-digit bank account. But the woman already signed her name to the winning ticket and can not alter her signature and hide her identity without voiding the ticket.

She says she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting a lawyer, who told her she could have remained anonymous had she established a trust and then had a trustee sign the ticket.

The petition also said the victor, named Jane Doe in the suit, intends to contribute a portion of her winnings to a charitable foundation and be a "silent witness" to these good works.

"She intends to contribute a portion of her winnings to a charitable foundation so that they may do good in the world". Following the commission's instructions, she printed her name and other information on the back of the ticket, secured it in a safe place and sought an attorney.

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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".

Safa said he doesn't know who the victor is, but he does know that she's a local, and he's glad a local won.

Jane Doe purchased the winning ticket from Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack, New Hampshire. "While we regard this present player's want to stay mysterious, state statutes and lottery controls unmistakably manage conventions".

Other lottery winners have realized that every ticket-buyer's fantasy can quickly morph into a nightmare.

A court clerk said Friday that a hearing has been set for February 21 to address Doe's request for injunctive relief.

The woman is requesting to be exempt from the "Right to Know Law" in the state, the complaint read.

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