$560 million lottery winner fights to remain nameless

$560 million lottery winner fights to remain nameless

$560 million lottery winner fights to remain nameless

A New Hampshire woman found out she was the victor of the $559.7 million Powerball grand prize drawn on January 6. But the woman already signed her name to the winning ticket and can not alter her signature and hide her identity without voiding the ticket.

New Hampshire lottery rules state unclaimed Powerball prizes lapse following one year.

"She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member", her attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in court filing, seeking an order to allow her to remain anonymous.

"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", the complaint said.

In New Hampshire, the woman claimed she mistakenly signed her name on her winning Powerball ticket, making her identity public information.

The woman hasn't turned in her ticket yet, but she showed Lottery officials a photocopy of the front. The state is holding its ground.

"The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence".

Currently, only six states allow lottery victor to remain anonymous - Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and SC.

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Her lawyers argue her privacy interest outweighs the insignificant public interest in disclosing her name.

The state doesn't make other information public, such as a winner's address or phone number, said North Carolina Education Lottery spokesperson Van Denton.

"Can you believe someone just walked into my store and won?!".

"Big winners have a big problem", said a Bay State woman who won $1 million in a contest a year ago, only to have her husband win $1 million in the Lottery last month.

Sam Safa, owner of Reeds Ferry Market, said that he wins $75,000 before taxes because he owns the business that sold the winning ticket. Then she made a "huge mistake".

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission requires the victor to sign a ticket before claiming their prize money.

The complaint filed references an incident in which 2009 Florida lottery victor, Abraham Shakespeare, was murdered for his $30 million, ABC News reported.

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