Still Trying to Keep Name Quiet, Lotto Winner Gets Her Dough

Judge may still decide to release NH woman's name
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2018 9:50 AM CST
Lottery officials and representatives of charitable groups hold up checks in Concord, NH, on Wednesday.   (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP)

(Newser) – A lucky lottery winner has managed to claim a $560 million Powerball jackpot anonymously, though she might not be so lucky for long. The New Hampshire woman identified as "Jane Doe," who only learned she could claim the winnings anonymously through a trust after she'd already signed her name on the winning ticket, is fighting to keep her identity hidden. However, Judge Charles Temple decided her prize could be awarded while he weighs the case. USA Today reports a lump sum of $352 million ($264 million after taxes, per NPR) was therefore delivered last week through the Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust, set up by Doe's lawyers. A ceremony was held at the New Hampshire Lottery headquarters in Concord on Wednesday, per the New Hampshire Union Leader.

At the ceremony, lawyers Steven Gordon and William Shaheen announced Doe would be donating to several charities. Girls Inc., which supports disadvantaged girls in New Hampshire, will receive $150,000, while three local branches of End 68 Hours of Hunger will each receive $33,000, according to the law firm's website. More donations are expected. Doe and her family "have had a long-standing commitment to their community and are thrilled to be able to enhance their impact," says Shaheen. He adds Doe hopes "to maintain a sense of normalcy by keeping her name confidential." The New Hampshire Lottery Commission says it will abide by Temple's ruling on whether or not to release Doe's real name to the public. Shaheen says Doe will appeal if Temple decides her name should be revealed. (Read more Powerball stories.)

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