Powerball victor can stay anonymous, judge rules

Powerball victor can stay anonymous, judge rules

"The Court therefore has no difficulty finding that [the woman] would also be subject to similar solicitation and harassment if her identity were disclosed", 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.

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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. They said she was upset after learning she was giving up her anonymity by signing the ticket - something the lottery commission acknowledged isn't spelled out on the ticket, but is detailed on its website.

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"The Lottery Commission has a right to say the victor came from Merrimack, but everything else she is entitled to a right to privacy", said Attorney William Shaheen, in a statement. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly.

"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 U.S. attorney in New Hampshire and husband of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

But after speaking with a lawyer, Doe realized she could have maintained her privacy if a trustee had signed the ticket instead.

Temple found that the commission's argument that revealing her name to ensure the public she's a "bona fide" lottery participant and "real" victor was not persuasive, because a trustee claiming a prize on someone's behalf is certainly not a "bona fide" participant or a "real" victor.

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Doe requested in the lawsuit that the state withhold her name from public disclosure or replace her identifying information with that of a trust she created.

In a brief statement Monday, Charlie McIntyre, the New Hampshire Lottery's executive director, said the ruling surprised his agency.

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.

Last week, the commission handed over $264 million - the amount left after taxes were deducted - to the woman's lawyers. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. "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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