Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

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Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

A New Hampshire woman who won the $560 million Powerball jackpot is fighting in court to remain anonymous.

And the woman, identified for now as Jane Doe, wants a court order to allow her to collect her winnings anonymously.

But because of lottery rules, everyone in the world would know about it - neighbors, old high school friends, con artists, criminals. NewHampshire.com has received court documents that a Jane Doe wishes to receive the jackpot winnings while remaining anonymous, which is not usually allowed.

The woman's attorney, Steven Gordon, says she is a long-time resident of New Hampshire and an engaged community member.

Due to existing lottery rules, the victor is obligated to publicly claim the winnings, thereby indirectly letting friends and criminals alike know that she has come into millions.

The victor was indeed a local woman. "She wishes to be a silent witness to these good works, far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners".

The law doesn't appear to be on her side.

She is being identified right now as Jane Doe bought- she bought the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market in New Hampshire
She is being identified right now as Jane Doe bought- she bought the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market in New Hampshire

State lottery officials say they will proceed in accordance with state law, which says a lottery winner's name, town and prize amount are public information.

If the ticket was signed in the name of a trust, the woman could have kept her identity secret, the report said. Lottery officials consulted with state lawyers and said they must process the winning ticket "like any other", he said.

New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre says he understands winning is a life-changing event but says procedures are in place for the security and the integrity of the game.

The jackpot victor has now filed a suit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, declaring that her right to privacy and safety will be threatened if she has to identify herself while claiming her fortune. "While we respect this player's desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols". Lottery officials confirmed the ticket is a victor. One bought a water park, for example.

The New Hampshire Lottery, however, is standing firm.

Jane Doe won the Powerball drawing January 6.

When the winning numbers were first announced, she didn't believe she had won. Please don't do it in front of my kids and old lady, ' " his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, told WALB-TV at the time. After learning she won the jackpot, the woman went to the lottery's website and read the rules before discussing the situation with legal counsel. She soon became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money, according to Fox News.

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