A New Hampshire woman who bought a Powerball ticket worth $560 million last month is fighting to remain anonymous, saying in a lawsuit that releasing her name would "constitute a significant invasion of her privacy". "I became more concerned about how I was being judged and perceived, not realizing I was the one doing the judging in the first place".
Steven M. Gordon, a lawyer for Doe, declined to comment beyond the civil filing, except to say in an e-mail that he and his client are speaking with the state attorney general's office about the matter. In court documents obtained by NewHampshire.com, she is fittingly identified only as Jane Doe.
Her lawyers argue her privacy interest outweighs the insignificant public interest in disclosing her name.
However, she also wants "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".
"She intends to contribute a portion of her winnings to a charitable foundation so that they may do good in the world". 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. In the past, other winners who wanted to remain anonymous would create trusts, and their trustees would claim the money for them.
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But because of lottery rules, everyone has to know her name: her friends, her family, ex-lovers, her mailman and all her enemies. State laws require the names of lottery jackpot winners to be made public.
His firm says it additionally spoke to another Powerball victor who won a $487 million prize in 2016 however stayed unknown by guaranteeing the prize through the "Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust", with his legal advisor filling in as its trustee.
In a statement, the state lottery's executive director, Charlie McIntyre, said his agency understands that winning such a large sum is a "life-changing occurrence". Lottery officials confirmed the ticket is a victor.
(Don't we all.) But she doesn't want the hassles of being a big lottery victor, such as being besieged by requests for money, losing her ability to go out in public incognito, having to change her phone number and perhaps address to avoid scams, theft and unwanted visitors. A victor wouldn't be able to seek an order because of winning a major lottery prize, Denton said.
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