The woman from New Hampshire, USA, who won a $559.7m Powerball jackpot in the January 6 draw has finally claimed her winnings and is donating $50m to charity.
The $559.7m Powerball jackpot winner has been battling to remain anonymous since her big win. Her delay in claiming her Powerball winnings has seen her losing $14,000 a day in interest charges. After setting up the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018, her lawyers have finally claimed her winnings and after taxes the Powerball winner received $338 million. Her lawyers then announced that she would be donating $192,000 to Girls Inc. and $42,000 a-piece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger in New Hampshire. This is just the beginning though with the Powerball winner having the intention to make donations of between $32m and $64m during her lifetime.
“My client doesn’t want any accolades. She doesn’t want any credit. She just wants to do good things,” said one of her lawyers, William Shaheen, who is also the trustee for her Good Karma Family Trust of 2018. He added that the Powerball winner appreciates the good work carried out by many charities and their need for additional financing, especially those working with children.
In Canada, Tom Crist made a series of charitable donations after his $40m Lotto Max win. English couple Derek and Lorraine Daniels pledged to help their local community after winning a £729,026 UK Lotto prize.
The battle to remain anonymous, just like the $10m Australian Powerball winner from Queensland, continues after the New Hampshire resident signed the back of her winning Powerball ticket. At the time she didn’t know that her identity could have been hidden by writing the name of a trust. Her desire to remain anonymous has now gone to the courts as a judge considers her lawyer’s request that their client’s privacy interests outweigh the public’s right to know who won the Powerball jackpot.
A delighted Cathy Duffy Cullity, CEO of Girls Inc. said “I’ve been here 22 years and never had a day like this. I wake up in the morning now and say I don’t have to worry anymore. It goes so far.” Courtney Cashman, program coordinator at End 68 Hours of Hunger in Derry, said the donation would allow them to increase the number of children they reach. “This is so far above and beyond anything that we would have imagined,” she commented.
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