The lucky victor of a $559 million Powerball jackpot filed a complaint last week seeking to remain anonymous once she claims her prize despite state laws that say the names of winners of jackpots are public record. She says she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her real name on the back of the ticket before ing a lawyer, who told her she could have remained anonymous had she established a trust and then had a trustee sign the ticket.
For each passing day the woman does not officially claim the jackpot, she is reportedly losing about $50,000 in interest based on a 5 percent rate.
'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, ' NewHampshire.com reported.
New Hampshire Lottery Commission rules require that winners write their actual name on the back of their winning ticket before they can claim their prize, NewHampshire.com reported, which is what the woman did in a desperate move to secure her earnings. The state is holding its ground.
"The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence", New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said in a statement.
Currently, only six states allow lottery victor to remain anonymous - Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and SC.
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"That openness and transparency is important to a lottery so that the public believes that the game is being run fairly", Denton said.
Her attorney said she deeply values her privacy and announcing her name could lead to safety issues.
The complaint references the hardships faced by other lottery winners who have been publicly identified, including Chicopee, Mass., resident Mavis L. Wanczyk, who won a $758.7 million jackpot last August.
Jane Doe on January 6 purchased her winning ticket from Reed's Farm in Merrimack, New Hampshire and the winnings were available to her as of January 22.
He said that because he sold the winning ticket the store will receive a $75,000.
Should lottery winners be allowed to remain anonymous or not?
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