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Judge rules $560M Powerball jackpot victor can remain anonymous

13 March 2018

"The court has no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications", Temple wrote. The winning ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in that town for the January 6 drawing.

Jane Doe, as the victor had identified herself in a January 29 complaint, said she had been in a panic when the winning numbers were announced on January 6.

Temple allowed the woman to maintain her anonymity through the monicker "Jane Doe" but ruled that the woman's hometown can still be made public by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

Still, the judge said, the winner's hometown, Merrimack, New Hampshire, would have to be disclosed.

"If I told you she was ecstatic it would be an understatement", Shaheen said in an email to CNNMoney.

Temple found that the commission's argument that revealing her name to ensure the public she's a "bona fide" lottery participant and "real" victor was not persuasive, because a trustee claiming a prize on someone's behalf is certainly not a "bona fide" participant or a "real" victor.

Judge Charles Temple said in a ruling Monday that disclosing the woman's name would be an invasion of privacy.

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The unidentified woman signed her ticket after the January 6 drawing, but later learned from a lawyer that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

Doe requested in the lawsuit that the state withhold her name from public disclosure or replace her identifying information with that of a trust she created.

Attorneys for Doe last week collected the winnings on behalf of her Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust. He said there was "no evidence" that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission was engaged in corrupt activity and noted that the winning numbers are drawn in Florida anyway.

"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the state had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", said a statement from the New Hampshire Lottery. 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.

The lump sum payment before taxes would be about $229 million.

"The publicity from the [Bulger] case was minuscule compared to this case", Gordon said.

He said the intense public interest in the Powerball suit "was unprecedented from my perspective".

Judge rules $560M Powerball jackpot victor can remain anonymous