Judge says New Hampshire Powerball winner can keep identity private

Judge says New Hampshire Powerball winner can keep identity private

This victor marks the 11th Powerball jackpot victor in New Hampshire history.

The woman's attorney, William Shaheen, said the woman is from Merrimack, 25 miles south of the state capital, Concord. She has already donated a combined US$250,000 to Girls Inc of New Hampshire, an empowerment group for girls, and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides meals for school children during the weekends.

Judge Charles Temple listens to attorney Steven M. Gordon, who represented lottery victor "Jane Doe", during a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

In his order, Judge Charles Temple said the woman - known as "Jane Doe" in her lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission - had proven that her right to privacy outweighed the public's interest in learning her name.

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For now, you can't stop the Pennsylvania Lottery from releasing your information.

"The court has no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications", Temple wrote.

The lottery says that while it respects the judge's ruling from Monday, it plans to talk with the New Hampshire attorney general about what to do next. Attorneys for the state and the lottery commission had argued that the woman should not be allowed to exempt herself from the rules.

Also in the court documents, the unidentified woman's lawyers asked the judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous. But lottery officials had argued that even if the cash goes into a trust, the ticket will have to be submitted in its original form - complete with the ticket buyer's name and hometown.

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The woman who bought the winning ticket in January had gone to court to keep her name from being made public.

"The Lottery Commission has a right to say the victor came from Merrimack, but everything else she is entitled to a right to privacy".

Temple, who already agreed to let Doe collect her winnings through the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018 several weeks earlier, refused meanwhile to let Doe keep her hometown a secret. As a result, he said, the commission's argument that there is a "strong public interest in disclosing the identity" of the winners "is simply not persuasive". "She killed him first". "He found out about it and threatened to kill her".

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