Why a $560 million Powerball winner is suing to remain anonymous

After winning a $560 million dollar Powerball, a New Hampshire woman wants to remain anonymous. 

New Hampshire.com found court documents where the woman, identified as Jane Doe is asking a judge to keep the money without revealing her identity for safety concerns. 

Lottery rules require that winners be publicly identified to protect against fraud.

Her attorney Steve Gordon says that the woman is an active community member.

He said "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."

While the state does allow winners to create an anonymous trust, the woman has already signed her ticket and changing the signature would nullify it. 

The woman says she made a "huge mistake" based on her interpretation of the rules on the lottery website when she signed her name and not the the name of a trust.

Publicity also brings some risk to lottery winners. In the past, there have been cases of winners being killed after going public. 

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BRAINTREE, MA - AUGUST 24: Winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot Mavis L. Wanczyk, right, poses for a photo with Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, left, in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BRAINTREE, MA - AUGUST 24: Mavis L. Wanczyk is announced as the winner of the $758.7 Million Powerball Jackpot in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BRAINTREE, MA - AUGUST 24: Mavis L. Wanczyk is announced as the winner of the $758.7 Million Powerball Jackpot in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BRAINTREE, MA - AUGUST 24: Winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot Mavis L. Wanczyk, left, poses for a photo with Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, right, in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BRAINTREE, MA - AUGUST 24: Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, left, holds the hand of the winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot Mavis L. Wanczyk, right, in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BRAINTREE, MA - AUGUST 24: Mavis L. Wanczyk, left, is announced as the winner of the $758.7 Million Powerball Jackpot in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 24, 2017. Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is at right. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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