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Lottery Winner Who Demands Anonymity to Get Money

  • FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, cashiers Kathy Robinson, left, and Ethel Kroska, right, both of Merrimack, N.H., sell a lottery ticket at Reeds Ferry Market convenience store in Merrimack. A woman who bought the winning ticket there, and identified as in court documents as Jane Doe, won the $559.7 million jackpot and has filed a complaint in Nashua asking that a judge allow her to stay anonymous. The commission wants the complaint dismissed. The case will be heard Tuesday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FIle)

  • Attorney William Shaheen, center, who represents lottery winner "Jane Doe", talks with New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charles McIntyre, right, prior to a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman, who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot, are requesting that a judge grant her a request to stay anonymous. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

  • New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charles McIntyre, right, addresses reporters following a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman, who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot, are requesting that a judge grant her a request to stay anonymous. At left is New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General John Conforti .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Attorney Steven M. Gordon, who represents lottery winner "Jane Doe", left, listens to New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charles McIntyre following a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman, who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot, are requesting that a judge grant her a request to stay anonymous. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Attorney Steven M. Gordon, who represents lottery winner "Jane Doe", holds up an annual report from the New Hampshire Lottery during a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman, who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot, are requesting that a judge grant her a request to stay anonymous. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

  • Judge Charles Temple listens to attorney Steven M. Gordon, who represents lottery winner "Jane Doe", during a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman, who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot, are requesting that a judge grant her a request to stay anonymous. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)



Associated Press
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nashua, n.h. — A New Hampshire woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot should be able to collect the winnings soon while a judge decides whether to let her remain anonymous.

A judge in Nashua heard arguments on Tuesday from the woman’s lawyers, who say her privacy interests outweigh what the state says is the public’s right to know who won the money in the nation’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, signed the ticket following the Jan. 6 drawing, but later learned from a lawyer that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

Outside the court, both sides seemed to agree the money could be transferred in the coming days into a trust the woman has set up — the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.

Her lawyers claim the delay in payment was costing her about $14,000 a day, or about $500,000 a month, in interest, and have filed a separate motion with the court to release the money.

“This money is just sitting there doing nothing for nobody,” said William Shaheen, one of the woman’s lawyers. “It’s very important that we redeem this ticket and she gets on with her life.”

New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said he was inclined to honor the woman’s request, saying it was a separate issue from whether to reveal her name and address.

“We don’t want to be in a position that is adversarial with our prize winners. These are our customers,” McIntyre said.

Lawyers for the woman contend that she already was experiencing stress over the prospect of having to go public and that disclosing her identify would put her safety at risk.