$560M jackpot winner can remain anonymous
3 CONCORD, N.H. >> A judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown.
Judge Charles Temple noted that the case’s resolution rested on the state’s Right-to-Know law, which governs access to public records for the woman.
“She was jumping up and down,” said her lawyer, William Shaheen. “She will be able to live her life normally.”
Shaheen said the woman is from Merrimack, N.H. The winning ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in that town for the Jan. 6 drawing.
Temple wrote he had “no doubts whatsoever” that should the woman’s identity be revealed, “she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications.”
Last week the commission handed over $264 million — the amount left after taxes were deducted — to the woman’s lawyers. They said she plans to donate between $25 million and $50 million to charity during her lifetime.