In a news conference Wednesday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission handed over the winnings to the woman's lawyers. "She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the victor of a half-billion dollars". The judge who is weighing whether her privacy interests outweigh the state's lottery rules ruled that the prize money could be awarded while he considers the case, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
The Powerball prize was the second-largest for a single victor in Powerball history and the seventh-largest in US lottery history.
The woman, who is fighting to remain anonymous through an ongoing lawsuit, is collecting a lump-sum cash prize of $352 million - which will get whittled down to $264 million after Uncle Sam takes his share.
Representatives for the woman who was the sole victor of January's $559 million Powerball drawing will accept the prize Wednesday morning.
New Hampshire lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre said that the Powerball victor must abide by the disclosure laws "like any other", in February.
The woman's lawyers said their client is terrified.
"She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member", the woman's attorney wrote in court documents.
We get it, you're having Powerball victor guilt.
A second-prize $1 million victor in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing purchased the ticket at a Seaford convenience store, according to the New York Lottery website.
In 2016, the state's victor of a $487m US Powerball jackpot chose to remain anonymous, claiming the prize through a trust facilitated by a local law firm.
TheLotter.com, a messenger service which legally purchases lottery tickets for overseas players, has helped people win $115 million Cdn. since 2002: late 2015 an Iraqi client won the $6.4 million USA jackpot in Oregon.