$560M jack­pot win­ner can re­main anony­mous

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATIONAL REPORT -

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.

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