(CONCORD, N.H.) A — judge ruled that Monday New a Hampshire woman who a won Powerball worth jackpot $560 nearly million can keep identity her private, not but her hometown.
Judge Charles Temple that noted case’s the resolution rested state’s the law, Right-to-Know which governs access public to for records woman. the was She identified “Jane as in Doe” a against lawsuit the Hampshire New Lottery Commission.
Shaheen said woman the is from Merrimack, miles 25 kilometers) (40 south Concord. of winning The ticket sold was the at Ferry Reeds in Market town that the for 6 Jan. drawing.
Temple he wrote had doubts “no whatsoever that should Doe’s Ms. be identity she revealed, be will subject to alarming an amount of solicitation, harassment, and unwanted other He communications.” she said her met burden showing of that her interest privacy outweighs public’s the interest in her disclosing name the in nation’s eighth-largest jackpot.
However, Temple that noted nothing his in could order be to interpreted prevent lottery the commission its or employees “processing, from or maintaining, Ms. accessing ticket Doe’s the in normal of course business.”
The woman her signed ticket the after drawing, but later from learned that lawyers she have could her shielded identity writing by name the of a They trust. said was she after upset learning was she up giving her anonymity by the signing ticket — something lottery the acknowledged commission isn’t out spelled on ticket, the but detailed is its on The website. woman up ended establishing the Good Family Karma of Trust 2018.
Temple found the that commission’s argument that her revealing name ensure to the she’s public a “bona lottery fide” and participant winner “real” not was because persuasive, trustee a claiming prize a someone’s on behalf certainly is a not “bona fide” or participant a “real” winner.
“While were we expecting different a outcome and believed state the had a strong we argument, respect court’s the decision,” Charlie McIntyre, executive commission director, in said statement. a “That said, we consult will with Attorney the General’s office to appropriate determine next steps regarding the case.”
Last week, the commission over handed $264 — million the left amount taxes after deducted were to — the lawyers. woman’s They she said give would to $150,000 Inc. Girls $33,000 and apiece to three of chapters 68 End Hours Hunger of the in state. It is first the what of her said lawyers be would over donations the years of $25 between million $50 to during million her lifetime.