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

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The winning ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in that town for the January 6 drawing.

A New Hampshire judged ruled Monday that the victor of a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot prize can remain anonymous.

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.

He said she met her burden of showing that her privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in disclosing her name in the nation's eighth-largest jackpot. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly.

He also ruled in agreement with the woman's lawyers, stating she would "be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation and other unwanted communications" were her identity released.

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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. Lawyer William Shaheen says the woman is from Merrimack, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Concord (KAHN'-kard).

"She was jumping up and down", Shaheen said of his client's reaction to Temple's ruling.

The judge ruled the New Hampshire Lottery Commission can not release the woman's name or address.

Shaheen's law firm, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., said the woman made a "huge mistake" signing her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting them or placing the money in a trust fund that would have allowed her to stay anonymous.

Temple, who already agreed to let Doe collect her winnings through the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018 several weeks earlier, refused meanwhile to let Doe keep her hometown a secret.

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The judge also rejected the lottery commission's argument that the woman's name should be revealed to assure the public she was a "bona fide" lottery participant and "real" victor.

Charlie McIntyre, the lottery commission's executive director, said in a statement: "While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the state had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision". The commission hasn't responded to a request for comment on the judge's decision.

Last week, the commission handed over $264 million - the amount left after taxes were deducted - to the woman's lawyers.

Abraham Shakespeare, the victor of a $30 million lottery prize in 2006, was approached two years later by a woman who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him, became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money.

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