Dueling lottery jackpots combine for over $700 million on the table

The mystery victor of the $560 million Powerball jackpot can remain anonymous, a judge ruled Monday, saying the New Hampshire woman's right to privacy outweighs public interests.

Judge Charles Temple on Monday granted the woman anonymity and ruled that revealing her name would be an invasion of privacy, in part because lottery winners in general are subject to "repeated solicitation, harassment, and even violence", Temple wrote in his 16-page resolution.

But after speaking with a lawyer, Doe realized she could have maintained her privacy if a trustee had signed the ticket instead.

Doe put her name and address on the winning ticket for the Jan 6. draw, but before she sent it to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, she turned to attorneys to see if she could remain anonymous.

She was identified as "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission that said all Powerball jackpot winners are required to provide their names, town and the amount won as public information.

New Hampshire Lottery officials argued the state's right-to-know law allowed them to reveal her name.

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.

"She was jumping up and down", Shaheen said of his client's reaction to Temple's ruling.

The Lottery's executive director Charlie McIntyre said: "While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the State had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision".

"As in most states, Pennsylvania Lottery winners can not remain anonymous and certain victor information is made public under the state's Open Records law".

Attorneys for Doe last week collected the winnings on behalf of her Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust.

The judge had already ruled last month that the victor could start collecting funds while remaining anonymous as the issue played out in court.

The woman is collecting a lump-sum cash prize of $352 million, which will get whittled down to $264 million after taxes.

The winning ticket was purchased on January 6 at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, near Nashua.

The woman who was described as an "engaged community member" plans to donate $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 each to three New Hampshire chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.