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Mystery victor of $560 million jackpot lives in Merrimack, NH, officials say

March 24 2018, 07:53 | Rex Rios

Judge rules $560M Powerball jackpot winner can remain anonymous

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

Judge Charles Temple ruled Monday that $560 million Powerball victor "Jane Doe's" hometown must be revealed, but her name is exempt from disclosure under the state's right-to-know law.

Judge Charles Temple ruled that disclosing the woman's name would be an invasion of privacy and allowed her to be exempt from a state law which requires the release of a winner's name and hometown.

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

The woman signed her ticket after the January 6 drawing, but later learned from lawyers that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

The woman argued that if her name was made public she could be the victim of violence, harassment, and threats.

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.

The court says the state will only identify the new millionaire's hometown.

Temple said that the court has no doubt that if her identity was revealed, she would be subject to harassment, solicitation and other unwanted communication. The state Attorney General's Office said the woman's name must be revealed because she signed the back of the ticket, USA Today reported.

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

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

The Lottery Commission argued that the name and hometown must be disclosed under the right-to-know law because the public "has an interest in ensuring the games played are on the level and that the winners are bonafide lottery participants", Temple wrote.

Attorneys for Doe last week collected the winnings on behalf of her Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust.

The woman is collecting a lump-sum cash prize of $352 million, which will get whittled down to $264 million after taxes. 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.

Abraham Shakespeare, the victor of a $30 million lottery prize in 2006, was approached two years later by a woman who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him, became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money.

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