A woman from New Hampshire, USA, won the $559.7m Powerball jackpot in the January 6 draw. Now she’s facing a battle to keep her identity secret.
The lucky Powerball winner is desperate to remain anonymous, just like the recent $25m Australian Powerball winner. Last week she filed a complaint in Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua. She’s only been identified as ‘Jane Doe’ and claims that her privacy is at risk because of “a huge mistake.” When she signed her jackpot winning Powerball ticket that had been purchased from Reed’s Ferry Market, the soon-to-be millionaire wrote out her name on the back.
At that point she didn’t know that she could have created a trust to collect her Powerball winnings, just like a $191.1m Powerball jackpot winning family from Louisiana, USA, did. However, under New Hampshire’s Right to Know law, if any request for the winners name is made, they will have to give out the details.
Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the state lottery, says they have to abide by state statutes and lottery rules. He added that the rules were put in place “for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games.” Her win came 24 hours after Shane Missler from Florida had won a $450m Mega Millions jackpot.
It is difficult coming to terms with a big lottery win. In Canada, June Bergh said she was scared over her $50m Lotto Max win. A player from British Columbia in Canada, also battled to retain their anonymity after winning $50m playing Lotto Max.
‘Jane Doe’ says she is a lifelong New Hampshire resident and has no plans to leave the state. Her intention is to contribute some of her Powerball winnings to a charitable foundation but wants to be a “silent witness to these good works. ”
She says she is concerned about the fate that has befell several big lottery winners including some who faced “life-threatening consequences” after their identities were disclosed. She wants to be able to continue her normal life and have no problems carrying out day-to-day tasks such as shopping without being known as a half a billion dollars Powerball winner.
The Powerball winner has yet to officially claim her prize but has shown a photo-copy of the front of her ticket. She’s been told that it’s not possible for her to just write over her name on the back of her winning ticket, as that would invalidate it.
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