Judge Rules Powerball Winner 'Jane Doe' Can Remain Anonymous

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"T$3 he court has no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications", Temple wrote.

"New Hampshire has a long tradition of protecting and preserving the right of privacy, and people pride themselves on it, in the "Live Free or Die" scenario we have in this state", Mr Shaheen said.

The stress set in after Doe purchased the winning ticket from Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, N.H. on January 6.

Jane Doe, as the victor had identified herself in a January 29 complaint, said she had been in a panic when the winning numbers were announced on January 6.

Lottery victor in New Hampshire fights for her right to remain anonymous; Molly Line reports from New Hampshire.

In his order, Judge Charles Temple said the woman - known as "Jane Doe" in her lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission - had proven that her right to privacy outweighed the public's interest in learning her name.

"Her word to me was that she is ecstatic about the court's decision", said Gordon, who co-founded the high-powered Shaheen & Gordon law firm with Bill Shaheen, a former United States attorney in New Hampshire and husband of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

New Hampshire lottery rules have required the winner's name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws and to increase trust in the lottery system. The commission said any adjustment of the ticket would make it invalid. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018. He said there was "no evidence" that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission was engaged in corrupt activity and noted that the winning numbers are drawn in Florida anyway.

"With another major winter storm in the forecast, personal and public safety are top priorities", said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery in a written statement.

The commission says it will consult with the attorney general's office to determine what to do next regarding the case. The commission hasn't responded to a request for comment on the judge's decision.

The woman is collecting a lump-sum cash prize of $352 million, which will get whittled down to $264 million after taxes. "Certainly there was something about the luck of the victor, the right to privacy, [the question of] what would you do if you won".

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