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    The winner of a $560 million Powerball jackpot — one of the largest prizes in United States history — can remain anonymous, a New Hampshire judge ruled Monday.

    The woman who bought the winning ticket in January had gone to court to keep her name from being made public. Her lawyers argued that she feared being overwhelmed with requests for a share of her winnings and was concerned about her safety.

    The state had argued that the names of lottery winners must be disclosed to ensure that prizes are distributed fairly and that winners are not related to lottery employees.

    In the end, the court sided with the woman, saying disclosing her name would amount to an invasion of privacy.



    Should her identity be revealed, “she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation and other unwanted communications,” Judge Charles S. Temple of the Hillsborough Superior Court Southern District wrote in a 15-page decision.

    Still, the judge said, the winner’s hometown, Merrimack, N.H., would have to be disclosed. He said she could not be identified by this bit of information and saw no reason to keep it secret.

    The judge dismissed the state’s argument that disclosing her name would show the public that the lottery system is above board. He said there was “no evidence” that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission was engaged in corrupt activity and noted that the winning numbers are drawn in Florida anyway.

    The commission already allows winners to sign their tickets with the name of a trust instead of the individual’s name, the judge noted, in essence allowing winners to be anonymous. As a result, he said, the commission’s argument that there is a “strong public interest in disclosing the identity” of the winners “is simply not persuasive.”



    Billy Shaheen, a lawyer for the New Hampshire winner, who was described in court papers only as Jane Doe, said that his client was elated to hear the news.

    She had already received her after-tax winnings of $264 million while the judge mulled her claim to privacy.

    “New Hampshire has a long tradition of protecting and preserving the right of privacy, and people pride themselves on it, in the ‘Live Free or Die’ scenario we have in this state,” Mr. Shaheen said.

    He said that his client was now reflecting on how best to use her windfall to benefit others. She has already donated a combined $250,000 to Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, an empowerment group for girls, and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides meals for schoolchildren during the weekends.

    An essential decision ahead, Mr. Shaheen said, will be for the winner to determine whether to spend the money while she is alive or to create a more enduring fund, like a foundation or endowment.
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    I'm happy for her....Great win
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    I understand the lottery's view point of publishing names, but I would not want my name out there winning this kind of money.......I'm glad the judge ruled in her favor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Group View Post
    I understand the lottery's view point of publishing names, but I would not want my name out there winning this kind of money.......I'm glad the judge ruled in her favor.
    Yep, I agree also
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Group View Post
    I understand the lottery's view point of publishing names, but I would not want my name out there winning this kind of money.......I'm glad the judge ruled in her favor.
    Quote Originally Posted by mplastered View Post
    Yep, I agree also
    if I won I would NOT want my name out there either, but this is a TERRIBLE idea. Won't be long before this becomes the norm and then how do we know the winnings were actually given out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoundFoolish View Post
    if I won I would NOT want my name out there either, but this is a TERRIBLE idea. Won't be long before this becomes the norm and then how do we know the winnings were actually given out?
    Yup, that's the thing about this judgment, we could see a domino effect for other states.

    I don't know how you solve this w/o the state screwing the public by lying & keeping the money.
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    Not hard to figure out who it is in her small New Hampshire town. Hard to hide a half a billion dollars. And if you are hiding it, you arent living the life you should be with that kind of $$.
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    Zero chance this remains a secret .
    Then it’s going to be worse on her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHOPTALK View Post
    Zero chance this remains a secret .
    Then it’s going to be worse on her.
    This.

    I would also want my name to be kept secret but its fucked up she won a ruling to changes the rules after the fact. The rules were the rules before she won
    GET THAT $$$
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    Lottery officials and representatives of charitable organizations that received donations from an anonymous New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot hold up their checks at headquarters in Concord, N.H.

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    If you win the lottery and want to remain anonymous all you need to do is create a LLC and write it on the back of the winning ticket. She signed her name instead. With a LLC the payouts could be proven to be made by the lottery commission.
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    Why the big need to keep your lottery winnings a secret? People ask for $$ or want to sell you something?? Just say no. Not that hard.

    Everyone knows how much $$ Bill Gates has. I doubt he has ever been robbed.
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    She already had money and was giving it away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Il Sung View Post
    Why the big need to keep your lottery winnings a secret? People ask for $$ or want to sell you something?? Just say no. Not that hard.

    Everyone knows how much $$ Bill Gates has. I doubt he has ever been robbed.
    I wouldn't tell anyone. Relationships change and you become a target. No thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enfuego View Post
    I wouldn't tell anyone. Relationships change and you become a target. No thanks.

    I can see that some.

    If it were me, I would take care of the REAL friends and family I have. I would buy a couple cops to take care of my enemies.

    New car, a couple vacation homes. A little botox. Maybe a little percocet habit?
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    let her be ...

    good for her....

    this money is GAME changing...good & bad..

    Anonymity...is huge here...

    I would ask for the same....
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    Sometimes I wonder what a normal day is like for a multi-billionaire.

    Do they drive? Whats for breakfast? Do they wear shorts and just lounge around? Do they go to parent functions at school? Is their phone ringing off the hook all day? How do they keep track of 25 billion dollars? Do they write checks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Il Sung View Post
    I can see that some.

    If it were me, I would take care of the REAL friends and family I have. I would buy a couple cops to take care of my enemies.

    New car, a couple vacation homes. A little botox. Maybe a little percocet habit?
    I honestly wouldn't live too different. I say that now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enfuego View Post
    I honestly wouldn't live too different. I say that now.
    I'm thinking you would stop working for starters.
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