Judge rules on anonymous lottery winner (video)

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / MARCH 12, 2018 /

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A New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million in a January 6 drawing has been in a legal battle ever since – to keep her identity private.

The woman filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission after they threatened to withhold her winnings if she would not allow her identity to be released.

Monday Judge Charles Temple ruled that the woman may remain anonymous, but her hometown cannot be kept secret, the NY Daily News reported.

The woman signed her ticket after the Jan. 6 drawing, but later learned from lawyers that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust. They said she was upset after learning she was giving up her anonymity by signing the ticket — something the lottery commission acknowledged isn’t spelled out on the ticket, but is detailed on its website. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.

Through the trust she established, the woman is using part of her lottery winnings to donate to charity:

Last week, the commission handed over $264 million — the amount left after taxes were deducted — to the woman’s lawyers. They said she would give $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 apiece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger in the state. It is the first of what her lawyers said would be donations over the years of between $25 million to $50 million during her lifetime.

The woman’s lawyers have only said she is from southern New Hampshire and doesn’t want the attention that often comes with winning a big jackpot.