Victor of $560M Powerball jackpot can stay anonymous, USA state judge rules

  • Victor of $560M Powerball jackpot can stay anonymous, USA state judge rules

Victor of $560M Powerball jackpot can stay anonymous, USA state judge rules

The court found that "disclosure of Ms. Doe's name would constitute [an] invasion of privacy", and moved to block her name from being disclosed in any right-to-know request.

The stress set in after Doe purchased the winning ticket from Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, N.H. on January 6.

An essential decision ahead, Mr Shaheen said, will be for the victor to determine whether to spend the money while she is alive or to create a more enduring fund, like a foundation or endowment.

Doe, Temple wrote, has "met her burden" showing her privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in the release of her name. Jane Doe was the 11th Powerball jackpot victor in New Hampshire history, and her massive payout is the biggest in state history.

But if she wants to keep her hometown secret, Doe's considerable luck may have finally run out. "For instance, the law firm that represents Ms. Doe, Shaheen and Gordon, have been bombarded with solicitations from various individuals seeking to capitalize on her winnings".

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

Doe put her name and address on the winning ticket for the Jan 6. draw, but before she sent it to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, she turned to attorneys to see if she could remain anonymous. The holder of the ticket has since gone to court to preserve her anonymity. 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.

"With another major winter storm in the forecast, personal and public safety are top priorities", said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery in a written statement. "That said, we will consult with the Attorney General's office to determine appropriate next steps regarding the case".

The payout netted Doe $264 million after taxes, and her lawyers announced a combined $250,000 contribution from the trust to Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

However, the commission argued that it was required to disclose her name and hometown as the information was already written on the ticket.

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