Lottery victor tries to avoid the misfortune of fortune

A woman who bought a Powerball ticket worth $560 million last month is fighting to remain anonymous, saying in a lawsuit that releasing her name would "constitute a significant invasion of her privacy".

The woman says she signed the ticket after the January 6 drawing, the nation's eighth biggest, reports The Associated Press.

The victor of a Powerball jackpot is refusing to claim her prize and instead fighting to remain anonymous.

New Hampshire lottery rules do allow for winners to form a trust anonymously, but the woman waived this right when she signed her ticket. But according to her lawyer, Steven Gordon, the woman had hoped to collect her winnings anonymously-allowing her to set up a charity-to maintain her privacy 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", per the Union Leader.

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.

Because the latest victor has already signed her name on the winning ticket, any adjustment to the signature would nullify the ticket for $559.7 million. The state is holding its ground.

"While we respect this player's desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols", said New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre.

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His firm says it also represented another Powerball victor who won a $487 million prize in 2016 but remained anonymous by claiming the prize through the "Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust", with his lawyer serving as its trustee.

"Petitioner deeply values her privacy", the complaint said. She just doesn't want the public to know she won it.

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.

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.

Under regular procedures, the woman's identity would then become public when she claimed her winnings.

He said that because he sold the winning ticket the store will receive a $75,000. In the complaint, one of the articles referenced was from a 2012 ABC article when Dee Dee Moore was found guilty in the murder of Abraham Shakespeare, who had won $30 million in Florida in a 2009 lottery drawing.

  • Carlos Nash