Powerball victor sues for anonymity over $560m jackpot
Feb 07 2018
The woman says she marked the ticket after the January 6 drawing, the country's eighth greatest, reports The Associated Press. It was one of the largest lottery jackpot prizes in history.
However, her attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in court filings obtained by The Union Leader that she didn't realize she had that option until after the fact.
"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", the complaint said.
The jackpot victor has now filed a suit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, declaring that her right to privacy and safety will be threatened if she has to identify herself while claiming her fortune. She said she followed instructions from the New Hampshire Lottery Commission's website - and did so without the help of an attorney. The state is holding its ground.
"The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence", Charlie McIntyre, the New Hampshire Lottery's executive director, said in a statement.
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.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission requires the victor to sign a ticket before claiming their prize money.
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.
He said that because he sold the winning ticket the store will receive a $75,000. "If you signed that lottery ticket, the Lottery and the ticket are very clear that if you won, you will be part of the Lottery's public-relations machine".
Another man in the US, Abraham Shakespeare, was also targeted after a $US30 million lottery win in 2006, Fox News reported.
"There are countless stories of other lottery winners who have suffered significantly after receiving their money, many of which could have been avoided if the winners' identities had not been published", the complaint says.