Powerball winner who wants to stay anonymous losing $14K a day
A New Hampshire woman who won $560 million in Powerball is losing $14,000 a day in interest as she fights to remain anonymous.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in court records, admits she made a "huge mistake" by signing the ticket after the Jan. 6 drawing without consulting a lawyer first. She later learned that she could have protected her identity by writing the name of a trust.
She has been granted a hearing in front of a judge, slated for Tuesday.
"Time is of the essence in this matter," lawyer Steven Gordon said, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader. "For every day that a resolution is delayed, Ms. Doe loses approximately $14,000 that would be generated in interest on the after-tax cash prize amount of approximately $268 million."
A lottery winner's name, hometown and the amount of the winnings are public information, according to New Hampshire law. "Jane Doe" has not turned in her ticket yet, but she showed lottery officials a photocopy of the front.
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Lottery officials told her they would be compelled to reveal her identity if someone filed a Right to Know request, she said. Her lawyers claim her privacy interest outweighs the insignificant public interest.
Officials consulted with state lawyers and said they must process the winning ticket "like any other," New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said.
"Jane Doe" described herself as someone who has lived in New Hampshire her entire life, and as a "engaged community member."
"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," the complaint said. "She wishes to remain in New Hampshire and give back to the state and community that has given so much to her."
New Hampshire is one of a few states that allows trusts to anonymously claim lottery prizes.
With News Wire Services