Woman Who Won $560 Million in Powerball Sues to Keep Name Private

Feb 09, 2018, 01:56
Woman Who Won $560 Million in Powerball Sues to Keep Name Private

But state officials say the woman may face even longer odds in her legal battle, because New Hampshire open-records laws mandate that lotto winners publicly disclose their name, town, and amount won.

In 2016, a New Hampshire Powerball victor established a trust and claimed the $487 million jackpot.

The winning numbers triple-checked and the USA lottery ticket signed, a New Hampshire woman knew her life was about to change in a very positive way - except for one petrifying thing.

In the past, other winners who wanted to remain anonymous would create trusts, and their trustees would claim the money for them.

Her attorney said she deeply values her privacy and announcing her name could lead to safety issues.

She has therefore since created a trust, "through which she intends to distribute her winnings", including contributing a portion to a charitable foundation.

On the other side is a woman suddenly faced with a life-changing stroke of luck who, court documents say, wishes to live "far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners". "I became more concerned about how I was being judged and perceived, not realizing I was the one doing the judging in the first place". And the woman, recognized for the time being as Jane Doe, needs a court request to enable her to gather her rewards secretly.

Safa said he doesn't know who the victor is, but he does know that she's a local, and he's glad a local won.

Graeme Thorne, who lived in Sydney with his parents, had what seemed like the good fortune in 1960 to win 100,000 pounds in an Opera House lottery.

"She wishes to remain in New Hampshire and give back to the state and community that has given so much to her".

A $560 million Powerball jackpot winner's legal battle in New Hampshire to remain anonymous is a great idea that will keep away "crackpots" and others asking for money, a fellow lucky victor told the Herald.

If she chooses to take the money, she can either take a lump-sum of $358.5 million, or an annuity payment over 30 years with an estimated $8 million that would increase each year, the newspaper reports.

A hearing has reportedly been sent for February 21.

Using a 5 percent rate, the woman is missing out on about $50,000 in interest every day the ticket is not claimed.

The winning ticket was sold at a Magnolia Express at 1020 Bridge City Avenue.

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