Judge Rules Powerball Winner 'Jane Doe' Can Remain Anonymous

Powerball winner can stay anonymous judge rules

The woman signed her ticket after the drawing, but later learned from lawyers that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

A lawyer representing the woman says she was "jumping up and down" after learning of the judge's ruling in her favor.

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.

The mystery woman who won the almost $560 million Powerball jackpot in New Hampshire two months ago can remain anonymous, according to a Granite State judge who found that her right to privacy outweighs any public interest in her identity.

Judge Charles Temple is presiding over the bid by New Hampshire lotto victor "Jane Doe" to preserve her anonymity in Hillsborough Superior Court.

This option was detailed on the lottery's website but not on the tickets and New Hampshire's lottery rules require the winner's name, town and the winning amount to be public. They argued that the public needs to know the name of lottery winners because it shows that "the games played are on the level and that the winners are bonafide lottery participants".

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A lawsuit filed by the woman's lawyers says she is an "engaged community member" who wants to go about public life "without being known or targeted as the victor of a half-billion dollars".

"Although the Commission seemingly contends that these are isolated examples, there is evidence suggesting that Ms. Doe would also be subject to similar unwanted communication", Temple wrote.

"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the state had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", Charlie McIntyre, commission executive director, said in a statement. The first thing he did was give a total of about $249,000 to a couple of nonprofits - Girls Inc. and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger - and said the woman plans to give away as much as $50 million in the future.

Once taxes were deducted last week, Doe's trust collected more than $264 million.

Her lawyers said she intends to donate between $25m and $50m to charities during her lifetime. "That said, we will consult with the Attorney General's office to determine appropriate next steps regarding the case".

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