A New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million can keep her name private, a judge ruled Monday.
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.
He ruled that disclosing the name of the victor "would constitute an invasion of privacy" under state law, and that it therefore qualifies as an exemption from the state's right-to-know law, according to The Union Leader.
As part of their bid to keep her name out of the news, Doe's attorneys created a trust to shield her identity and asked the commission not to identify her.
"The Court therefore has no difficulty finding that [the woman] would also be subject to similar solicitation and harassment if her identity were disclosed", Temple wrote.
As for the woman in New Hampshire, by not cashing in right away and fighting for her privacy in court, she lost $15,000 a day, or half $1 million a month, in interest.
The winning ticket was sold at Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack, N.H., for the January 6 drawing.
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The order permanently enjoined the Lottery Commission from disclosing her name pursuant to any future right-to-know request, or to any other person or entity unless authorized by law.
Temple found there was "no evidence" the New Hampshire State Lottery Commission was engaged in fraudulent activity, noting the drawing takes place in Florida.
"The Lottery Commission has a right to say the victor came from Merrimack, but everything else she is entitled to a right to privacy".
A judge has ruled that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million can keep her identity private.
"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the state had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", said a statement from the New Hampshire Lottery.
"If I told you she was ecstatic it would be an understatement", Shaheen said in an email to CNNMoney. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.
Last week, the commission handed over $264 million - the amount left after taxes were deducted - to the woman's lawyers. Last week, the trust made donations totaling almost $250,000 to Girls Inc. and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.