United States judge rules lottery victor of US$560m can remain undisclosed

United States judge rules lottery victor of US$560m can remain undisclosed

A judge ruled Monday the woman can keep her identity private because the judge had no doubt that she would suffer an alarming amount of harassment and solicitation.

Judge Charles Temple is presiding over the bid by New Hampshire lotto victor "Jane Doe" to preserve her anonymity in Hillsborough Superior Court.

Identified in court documents as Jane Doe, a woman who bought the winning ticket there won the $559.7 million jackpot and has filed suit to preserve her anonymity.

According to Doe's civil complaint, she visited the commission's website after learning she won and followed the agency's instructions for redeeming her prize, signing the back of the ticket and printing her address and phone number.

The Lottery Commission argued that the name and hometown must be disclosed under the right-to-know law because the public "has an interest in ensuring the games played are on the level and that the winners are bonafide lottery participants", Temple wrote.

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.

The commission already allows winners to sign their tickets with the name of a trust instead of the individual's name, the judge noted, in essence allowing winners to be anonymous.

New Hampshire lottery rules have required the winner's name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws and to increase trust in the lottery system.

The Lottery's executive director Charlie McIntyre said: "While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the State had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision".

The victor will collect a lump sum of about $358 million, before subtracting for taxes, according to the New Hampshire Lottery.

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

This victor marks the 11th Powerball jackpot victor in New Hampshire history.

Once taxes were deducted last week, Doe's trust collected more than $264 million. The winning ticket in the January 6 market was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in that town. They said she would give $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 apiece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger in the state.

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