Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

$560m jackpot victor is fighting to avoid limelight

$560m jackpot victor is fighting to avoid limelight

The woman says she marked the ticket after the January 6 drawing, the country's eighth greatest, reports The Associated Press.

The woman visited Maryland Lottery headquarters to claim her prize and discovered she had chose to check the ticket with only days to spare before it was set to expire February 9.

"She wishes to be a silent witness to these good works, far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners", attorney Steven Gordon wrote, according to the records.

Gordon calls her "an engaged community member" who "wishes to continue this work and [keep] 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".

Maura McCann, a spokeswoman with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, tells NPR that the state's Right to Know law allows them to reveal the identity of the person whose name is written on the ticket. Jane Doe could have had a trustee of a designated trust sign for her, the lawsuit claims. The state is holding its ground.

"The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence", said New Hampshire Lottery executive Charlie McIntyre, in a statement to CNNMoney.

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NewHampshire.com has received court documents that a Jane Doe wishes to receive the jackpot winnings while remaining anonymous, which is not usually allowed.

"Without the ticket being redeemed, interest is being lost to the petitioner on a daily basis", the complaint says. Lottery officials confirmed the ticket is a victor.

On one side of the case are lottery officials who say the integrity of the games depends on the public identification of its winners as a protection against fraud and malfeasance.

She thought she was required to do so as directed by information on the state lottery commission's website.

Another man in the US, Abraham Shakespeare, was also targeted after a $US30 million lottery win in 2006, Fox News reported.

If she chooses to take the money, she can either take a lump-sum of $358.5 million, or an annuity payment over 30 years with an estimated $8 million that would increase each year, the newspaper reports.

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