Lawyers for Powerball victor to claim $559M jackpot for client

Danny Woods
March 9, 2018

William Shaheen, a lawyer for the woman who has thus far remained anonymous, accepted the check for a lump sum of $352 million, about $264 million after taxes, reports said.

She is donating $150,000 to Girls Inc., an organization that provides "thousands of girls with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face", and $33,000 each to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a not-for profit group that battles hunger students experience outside the free meals provided during school. She doesn't want any credit.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, signed the ticket following the January 6 drawing, but later learned she could remain anonymous through a trust. She is from southern New Hampshire. The commission approved the payment to a trust the woman set up. He argued that had the victor created the trust before signing the ticket, she could have collected her winnings without making her identity public. The state lottery commission last month agreed to pay out the prize while the court case continued. 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. "While we don't know the winner's identity, we do know that her heart is in the right place".

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State officials say altering the ticket will make it invalid.

The victor bought the ticket at the In & Out Market on Jerusalem Avenue. Several have gambled their winnings away, including a two-time lottery victor who ended up living in a trailer. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Crimesider takes a look at how some lottery winners wound up mu... Our Iraqi US jackpot winner's identity was kept secret by the Oregon Lottery to protect his safety. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. In 2016, a New Hampshire player won a $487 million winning Powerball ticket purchased at the Hannaford Supermarket in Raymond. "She killed him first". "He found out about it and threatened to kill her".

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