Another day goes by and the New Hampshire woman who won a $559.7m Powerball jackpot in the January 6 draw, loses nearly $14,000 in interest payments. That will continue as she bids to claim her winnings while remaining anonymous.
The Powerball winner has taken her case to court and a judge in Nashua, New Hampshire, heard arguments from her lawyers. They claim that her privacy interests outweigh what the state says is the public’s right to know who won the Powerball jackpot.
Many lottery winners do manage to keep their identity secret, such as the recent couple from Queensland who won a $3m Australian Powerball windfall. However, New Hampshire has specific rules concerning anonymity as this Powerball winner has found out.
The Powerball winner is known only as ‘Jane Doe’ and is regretting the fact that she signed the back of her winning ticket. Later she learned that if she’d written the name of a trust, then she could have retained her anonymity. That’s what the TL Management Trust did when claiming a $127m Powerball prize.
Now Jane Doe has set up the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018 and it is hoped her $559.7m Powerball win will be given to her but she’s still losing out on nearly half a million dollars a month in interest payments.
“This money is just sitting there doing nothing for nobody,” William Shaheen, one of the woman’s lawyers said. “It’s very important that we redeem this ticket and she gets on with her life.”
Since learning that her real name could be published, the Powerball jackpot winner is said to be “very upset” and her stress levels are rising.
Her lawyers pointed out that the rules re anonymity are published on the lottery website but not on the actual Powerball tickets.
New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said “You have to understand this ticket is the most valuable piece of paper on planet Earth. It’s more valuable than a Rembrandt. … It’s a half a billion dollars in 10 square inches.”
Lawyers added that their firm had received hundreds of emails from people asking for cash. One was from a Navy veteran, who offered to claim the Powerball winnings for her in exchange for a million dollars.
There’s also the possibility of her becoming part of lottery scams as happened to $259.8m Powerball jackpot winner, Roy Cockrum from Tennessee, USA.