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$560M Lottery Winner Made a 'Huge Mistake'

$560M Lottery Winner Made a 'Huge Mistake'

In court documents she stays unidentified as Jane Doe, and has asked she remain forever anonymous, despite New Hampshire Lottery Commission rules requiring a victor sign the back of a winning ticket before being able to claim the prize.

The victor could have remained anonymous had the ticket been signed in the name of a trust, but Jane Doe was not aware she could do that before she wrote her own name. The lottery clearly doesn't want to get caught up in the court system over this and the woman doesn't want to have her name outed to maniacs who would stalk her.

The New Hampshire resident says she made a huge mistake. "She wishes to continue this work and 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".

In accordance to open-record laws, the woman is now obliged to provide her name, town and the amount won as public information.

Gordon asked lottery officials if his client could "white out" her name and fill in the space with the name of the trust. The state is holding its ground.

The New Hampshire lottery executive director, Charlie McIntyre, acknowledged that winning the Powerball jackpot could be a life-changing event.

The unidentified woman wants to remain just that in order to protect her safety, but lottery rules and the state's "right-to-know" law may prevent that.

His firm says it also represented another Powerball victor who won a $487 million prize in 2016 but remained anonymous by claiming the prize through the "Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust", with his lawyer serving as its trustee.

Her lawyers argue her privacy interest outweighs the insignificant public interest in disclosing her name.

It is New Hampshire's second Powerball jackpot victor in the past year and a half, and is the sixth-largest Powerball jackpot on record and the seventh-largest jackpot overall.

Jane Doe bought the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market in New Hampshire and the owner of the independent convenience store, Sam Safa, has been inundated with excited regulars.

Under regular procedures, the woman's identity would then become public when she claimed her winnings. Lottery officials confirmed the ticket is a victor.

The complaint filed references an incident in which 2009 Florida lottery victor, Abraham Shakespeare, was murdered for his $30 million, ABC News reported.