The mysterious victor of a $560 million lottery ticket who fought to keep her identity a secret is allowed to stay anonymous, a judge ruled on Monday. Jane Doe was the 11th Powerball jackpot victor in New Hampshire history, and her massive payout is the biggest in state history.
The woman's lawyers argued her privacy interests outweigh what the state said is the public's right to know who won the money in the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot.
The woman's attorney, William Shaheen, said the woman is from Merrimack, 25 miles south of the state capital, Concord.
In his 16-page resolution filed in Hillsborough Superior Court Southern District, Judge Charles Temple weighed the public's right to know with the unnamed woman's fears of "unreasonable intrusion" into her life and daily affairs.
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The New Hampshire Lottery Commission said in a statement it is determining how to respond to the judge's decision that went against its recommendation to name the victor.
"The lottery thrives on transparency", Conforti argued last month.
The commission says it will consult with the attorney general's office to determine what to do next regarding the case.
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In court documents, the lottery victor asked a judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous.
The commission said it would have to disclose records identifying Doe if requested, and that any attempt Doe might take to white-out her name on the back of the ticket would invalidate it.
The woman, from New Hampshire, had signed her ticket after winning the lottery on 6 January but was later told by lawyers that she could have kept her identity hidden by writing the name of a trust instead.
Still, Temple ruled that the victor has no privacy interest in keeping the community wherein she resides secret, which the judge ruled could be disclosed pursuant to a Right-to-Know request.
In 2015, Craigory Burch Jr., the victor of a $434,272 jackpot in Georgia, was killed in his home by seven masked men who kicked in his front door.
Gordon, the lawyer for Doe, said publicity surrounding the matter has dwarfed his prior cases, including a high-profile lawsuit brought by families of people killed by James "Whitey" Bulger.
Doe has pledged to donate around $25 million to $50 million of the largess to charity over time.
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