At the beginning of the year 2018, one fortunate woman from New Hampshire scooped a life-changing $560.000.000 Powerball jackpot, but we still don’t know her name. Why? Because she doesn’t want us to. The mysterious lady who claims she won this magnificent windfall wishes to stay anonymous after collecting the prize, and she’ll be fighting in court to make that possible.
According to the state law in New Hampshire, lottery winners can anonymously claim their prizes via trust. The $560.000.000 Powerball winner could do the same, but she made a big mistake shortly after realizing she matched the winning numbers. She signed the back of her ticket without consulting her lawyer first, meaning that lottery officials would have to reveal her identity if someone filed a Right to Know request.
Mysterious woman doesn’t want for that to happen, because she’s aware of many hardships lotto winners have to face after the whole world knows their names. That’s why she filed a complaint in Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, introducing herself simply as Jane Doe. According to her attorney Steven Gordon, the lottery winner has lived in New Hampshire her whole life, and she’s very engaged in her local community.
“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 winner of a half-billion dollars. She wishes to remain in New Hampshire and give back to the state and community that has given so much to her,” wrote Gordon in the court documents.
Charlie McIntyre, the executive director of New Hampshire Lottery, said they understand and respect Jane Doe’s desire to stay anonymous, but they must follow protocols and process her winning ticket “like any other”. While she waits for the court to make the decision, woman will be losing $14.000 in interest every day that passes before the jackpot is claimed.