The winner of the recent $560 million Powerball jackpot is a woman from New Hampshire, and she’s trying to keep her identity a secret.
The woman, from Merrimack, was identified in court papers as Jane Doe, and she asked that her identity remain a secret even though New Hampshire Lottery Commission rules require a winner to sign the back of a ticket that won before they can claim the prize, according to NewHampshire.com.
If the ticket was signed in the name of a trust, the woman could have kept her identity secret, the report said.
N.H. woman w/ $559M #Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous – "She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars"
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) February 5, 2018
“She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” said attorney Steven Gordon from the Shaheen and Gordon law firm. “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.”
The woman, the report said, made a “huge mistake” in signing the ticket without consulting a lawyer first.
Her attorney revealed more about the woman winning the ticket.
“She read and reread and reread them again; there was a match,” he said. “The immediate emotions were raw and conflicting – awe, disbelief and an unexpected one: panic about how to protect a piece of paper that is most often casually thrown away along with the whimsical hope of being a winner.”
The winner plans to remain in the state and distribute the winnings with care, the report said.
$560 million New Hampshire #Powerball Winner sues to remain anonymous.
In court filing: "The disclosure… would invade her substantial privacy interest in protecting her identity and would subject her to a heightened risk of physical and financial harm."
— Jessi Miller Bradley (@JessiWBZ) February 5, 2018
“She intends to contribute a portion of her winnings to a charitable foundation so that they may do good in the world. She wishes to be a silent witness to these good works, far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners,” Gordon wrote.
The winning Powerball ticket was sold last month.
Her complaint was filed last week in the Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, CBS Boston reported.
“While we respect this player’s desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols,” New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said in a statement, CBS reported.