NH's $560 million Powerball victor wants to stay anonymous

A lottery player in New Hampshire is asking a court to let her claim a $560 million Powerball jackpot without revealing her name

A lottery player in New Hampshire is asking a court to let her claim a $560 million Powerball jackpot without revealing her name

The lucky victor of a $559 million Powerball jackpot filed a complaint last week seeking to remain anonymous once she claims her prize despite state laws that say the names of winners of jackpots are public record.

It turns out she could have had the ticket signed by a trustee of a designated trust, and could have protected her identity, according to the lawsuit.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission requires that lottery winners write their name, address, and telephone number on the back of the lucky ticket. But the woman already signed her name to the winning ticket and can not alter her signature and hide her identity without voiding the ticket.

Her lawyer said that the long-time New Hampshire resident wants to give back to her community, according to court documents obtained by NewHampshire.com.

Gordon calls her "a connected with group part" who "wishes to proceed with this work and [keep] the flexibility to stroll into a market or go to open occasions without being referred to or focused as the victor of a half-billion dollars".

She said lottery officials told her they would be compelled to disclose her identity if someone filed a Right to Know request.

"Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players, and our games", McIntyre said.

In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr. matched all five numbers in the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing and won a $434,272 jackpot, The Washington Post's Lindsey Bever reported.

But that's the breaks in New Hampshire where, like Minnesota, her name is public and the lottery can release it if they want to.

New Hampshire lottery rules state unclaimed Powerball prizes expire after one year.

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

His firm says it additionally spoke to another Powerball victor who won a $487 million prize in 2016 however stayed unknown by guaranteeing the prize through the "Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust", with his legal advisor filling in as its trustee.

"On the other hand", he said, "she likely has a very legitimate interest in her own privacy".

Charlie McIntyre, the state lottery's executive director, said in a statement that his agency understood winning such a large sum was a "life-changing occurrence".

A hearing is scheduled for February 21.

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