A New Hampshire woman wants to remain anonymous after she won the $559.7 million jackpot with a Powerball ticket. However, the complaint says, the commission has informed her that any adjustment of the ticket will make it invalid.
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 victor of a $560 million lottery prize is asking for a court order that allows her to stay anonymous.
The woman visited Maryland Lottery headquarters to claim her prize and discovered she had chose to check the ticket with only days to spare before it was set to expire February 9.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission requires the victor to sign a ticket before claiming their prize money. NewHampshire.com has received court documents that a Jane Doe wishes to receive the jackpot winnings while remaining anonymous, which is not usually allowed. "She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member", the woman's lawyer wrote in the court documents.
According to state law, a lotto winner's name, town, and total cash influx are public record - but one of the latest lucky ticket holders said she's only just learned of a loophole that would allow for her to maintain anonymity.
She has created a trust and wants the state to either withhold her name from public disclosure or replace her identifying information with that of the trust.
But rules are rules, and the victor is required to identify herself, according to a Powerball representative for the state of New Hampshire.
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When the winning numbers were first announced, she didn't believe she had won.
Mr McIntyre said his office had consulted the state attorney general's office and that the Powerball winner's ticket would have to be processed "like any other".
Jane Doe purchased the winning ticket from Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
The lawsuit, however, says Jane Doe now joins a small demographic of big jackpot winners that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous".
"I'm already getting emails and phone calls every day, tons of them, and I didn't even win, so I can only imagine if this lady becomes known, she could be harassed a lot", he said.
Charlie McIntyre, the state lottery's executive director, said in a statement that his agency understood winning such a large sum was a "life-changing occurrence". Following the commission's instructions, she printed her name and other information on the back of the ticket, secured it in a safe place and sought an attorney.
A hearing is set for February 21.