Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

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.

'She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the victor of a half-billion dollars, ' NewHampshire.com reported.

She advised the Granite State victor to "get a lawyer" and then "leave the state".

The New Hampshire woman filed a civil complaint as Jane Doe, after making the "huge mistake" of signing the winning ticket without legal consultation.

The jackpot victor has now filed a suit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, declaring that her right to privacy and safety will be threatened if she has to identify herself while claiming her fortune.

"Big winners have a big problem", said a Bay State woman who won $1 million in a contest past year, only to have her husband win $1 million in the Lottery last month.

Lottery officials say the integrity of the game depends on the public identification of its winners as a protection against fraud.

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"Petitioner deeply values her privacy", the complaint said. Lottery rules there say all winners will be made public and the woman had already signed her name on the back of her winning ticket as required. So yeah, the unidentified woman is not about this life, so she has asked a judge to not only let her keep her massive winnings, but to let her remain anonymous.

By signing her name on the back of the ticket, she can not alter the signature or hide her identity without voiding it.

But the woman wishes to live "far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners", documents say.

Her suit requests that she be exempt from the state's "Right to Know Law" and that she be allowed to "maintain her privacy and to have the trustee of a designated trust be the public face for the winning ticket".

The New Hampshire lottery executive director, Charlie McIntyre, acknowledged that winning the Powerball jackpot could be a life-changing event.

Currently, only six states allow lottery victor to remain anonymous - Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and SC.

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