Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Lottery Jackpot Winner Can Keep Identity Private

Lottery Jackpot Winner Can Keep Identity Private

The mystery victor of the $560 million Powerball jackpot can remain anonymous, a judge ruled Monday, saying the New Hampshire woman's right to privacy outweighs public interests.

"(T) he Court has no doubt whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications", Judge Charles Temple wrote in yesterday's decision.

The unidentified woman signed her ticket after the January 6 drawing, but later learned from a lawyer that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

Temple allowed the woman to maintain her anonymity through the monicker "Jane Doe" but ruled that the woman's hometown can still be made public by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

That's what a woman who won more than half a billion dollars is fighting to do, but you might be surprised that most states, including Pennsylvania, do not protect the privacy of lottery winners.

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"Although the Commission dismissed 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 documents of bad experiences of other lottery winners, as well as the bevy of unsolicited emails, phone calls and in-person visits already directed at Ms. Doe through her attorneys", states Temple's ruling.

Temple ruled today that the woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown. 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.

The court says the state will only identify the new millionaire's hometown. The state Attorney General's Office said the woman's name must be revealed because she signed the back of the ticket, USA Today reported. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly.

"As in most states, Pennsylvania Lottery winners can not remain anonymous and certain victor information is made public under the state's Open Records law". The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018. She has already donated a combined US$250,000 to Girls Inc of New Hampshire, an empowerment group for girls, and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides meals for school children during the weekends.

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