Victor of $559M Powerball jackpot files to stay anonymous despite state rules

A customer departs Reeds Ferry Market convenience store Sunday Jan. 7 2018 in Merrimack N.H. A lone Powerball ticket sold at the convenience store matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot

The woman admits in court documents that she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her name on the back of the winning ticket. She won the lottery jackpot in 2007.

In a lawsuit filed under the name Jane Doe in New Hampshire Superior Court, she claims that she shouldn't have to out herself as the victor "because such disclosure would constitute a significant invasion of her privacy".

Had the woman signed the ticket in the name of a trust rather than her own name, her identity could have remained private.

The complaint stated the anonymous victor had followed the instructions on the commission's website, and signed her name on the back of the ticket.

They argued her privacy interest outweighed the insignificant public interest in disclosing her name.

In a statement to the Boston Globe, the state lottery's executive director, Charlie McIntyre, said his agency understands that winning such a large sum is a "life-changing occurrence".

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Her suit requests that she be exempt from the state's "Right to Know Law" and that she be allowed to "maintain her privacy and to have the trustee of a designated trust be the public face for the winning ticket".

The woman's attorney, Steven Gordon, says she is a long-time resident of New Hampshire and an engaged community member.

'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, ' NewHampshire.com reported.

"She wishes to be a silent witness to these good works".

"She read and reread and reread them again; there was a match", her attorney said.

But now that the woman has already signed the ticket, it appears to be too late to have a trust collect the winnings.

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It is New Hampshire's second Powerball jackpot victor in the past year and a half, and is the sixth-largest Powerball jackpot on record and the seventh-largest jackpot overall.

Court documents cited by Newhampshire.com show the woman is now fighting to stay anonymous, fearing that being revealed as the owner of almost a billion dollars would place her privacy and safety at risk. 'I'm very excited and overwhelmed, ' Safa said.

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

She advised the Granite State victor to "get a lawyer" and then "leave the state". Two years ago, a Georgia forklift operator who won $434,272 in a lottery was executed in his home by several masked robbers as he pleaded for his life.

Graeme was abducted and a ransom demanded for his return, but he was murdered shortly after being taken.

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