Mega Million, Powerball Lottery Jackpots Continue To Grow, Surpass $318M

Powerball lottery jackpots sometimes range into the hundreds of millions of dollars with the largest ever topping out at $1.6 billion US

Powerball lottery jackpots sometimes range into the hundreds of millions of dollars with the largest ever topping out at $1.6 billion US

The woman won the Powerball drawing January 6 after buying the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market, a convenience store in Merrimack.

A New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million United States can keep her identity private, a judge has ruled.

So the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, took the New Hampshire Lottery Commission to court.

The court found that "disclosure of Ms. Doe's name would constitute [an] invasion of privacy", and moved to block her name from being disclosed in any right-to-know request.

The judge dismissed the state's argument that disclosing her name would show the public that the lottery system is above board.

"The Court therefore has no difficulty finding that [the woman] would also be subject to similar solicitation and harassment if her identity were disclosed", Temple wrote. The woman's lawyer, William Shaheen, said she is from Merrimack, 30 miles south of Concord.

"If I told you she was ecstatic it would be an understatement", Shaheen said in an email to CNNMoney.

Temple allowed the woman to maintain her anonymity through the monicker "Jane Doe" but ruled that the woman's hometown can still be made public by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

In the resolution, Temple called that argument "weak" because a trustee claiming a prize on behalf of an anonymous individual is certainly not a "bona fide" participant and is not the "real" victor of the prize.

Shaheen's law firm, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., said the woman made a "huge mistake" signing her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting them or placing the money in a trust fund that would have allowed her to stay anonymous. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.

Commission executive director Charles McIntyre says the commission was "expecting a different outcome" Monday and believed the state had a strong argument. "That said, we will consult with the Attorney General's office to determine appropriate next steps regarding the case".

As for the ticket, Doe's attorneys lobbied the judge to grant her a do-over.

Last week she received just over $264m - her winnings minus taxes and bearing in mind winners get a smaller amount if they opt for a lump sum payment. The first thing he did was give a total of about $249,000 to a couple of nonprofits - Girls Inc. and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger - and said the woman plans to give away as much as $50 million in the future.

Her lawyers said she intends to donate between $25m and $50m to charities during her lifetime.

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