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Lawyers for Powerball victor to claim $559M jackpot for client

09 March 2018
Lawyers for Powerball victor to claim $559M jackpot for client

A single winning ticket worth $559.7 million was sold in New Hampshire.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, made the announcement through her lawyers at a press conference on Wednesday after the New Hampshire Lottery Commission handed over the winnings to the woman's lawyers through a trust fund. It is the first of what her lawyers said would be donations over the years of between $25 million to $50 million during her lifetime.

The woman filed a lawsuit against the state to remain anonymous, but lawyers were allowed to pick up a lump sum of $352m in Powerball winnings.

In court papers, Shaheen, a former federal prosecutor who is married to New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen, had asked a judge to allow the victor to amend her ticket to show only the name of a trust. She doesn't want any credit.

The organisation Girls Inc was given $150,000 and checks of $33,000 each were dispersed to chapters of the End 68 Hours of Hunger in cities across New Hampshire. "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". The state is arguing that under the law, that means that her name is public information.

"The New Hampshire Lottery is excited to award yet another Powerball jackpot to some very fortunate Granite State residents", New Hampshire Lottery director Charlie McIntyre said in a statement.

According to her civil complaint, Doe won the jackpot in early January and signed the back of her ticket, before realizing a trust could have signed the ticket and accepted the money on her behalf, keeping her name private. She is still going to work and has bodyguards she can call should her identity suddenly become public. If there is no jackpot victor, the amount grows even larger for the next drawing.