Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

$560m US Powerball victor allowed to remain anonymous

$560m US Powerball victor allowed to remain anonymous

"Although the Commission seemingly contends that these are isolated examples, there is evidence suggesting that Ms. Doe would also be subject to similar unwanted communication", Temple wrote.

In the end, the court sided with the woman, saying disclosing her name would amount to an invasion of privacy.

The stress set in after Doe purchased the winning ticket from Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, N.H. on January 6.

A lawyer representing the woman says she was "jumping up and down" after learning of the judge's ruling in her favor.

The judge dismissed the state's argument that disclosing her name would show the public that the lottery system is above board. "Commission dismisses this harassment as trivial and/or speculative, for the court to do so would require it to ignore the significant media attention this case has received, the numerous documented bad experiences of other lottery winners, as well as the bevy of unsolicited e-mails, phone calls, and in-person visits already directed at Miss Doe through her attorneys". He said she could not be identified by this bit of information and saw no reason to keep it secret.

Doe put her name and address on the winning ticket for the Jan 6. draw, but before she sent it to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, she turned to attorneys to see if she could remain anonymous. "For instance, the law firm that represents Ms. Doe, Shaheen and Gordon, have been bombarded with solicitations from various individuals seeking to capitalize on her winnings". The holder of the ticket has since gone to court to preserve her anonymity.

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 taxes. 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.

"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the State had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", McIntyre said. The commission hasn't responded to a request for comment on the judge's decision. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. "They weren't even close to being comparable".

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