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Tue Mar 13, 2018, 03:49 AM

Judge rules $560M Powerball winner can remain anonymous

March 12 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire judged ruled Monday that the winner of a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot prize can remain anonymous.

Judge Charles Temple ruled that disclosing the woman's name would be an invasion of privacy and allowed her to be exempt from a state law which requires the release of a winner's name and hometown.

Temple allowed the woman to maintain her anonymity through the monicker "Jane Doe" but ruled that the woman's hometown can still be made public by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

Doe's lawyer, William Shaheen, revealed she is from the town of Merrimack, 30 miles south of the state capital of Concord.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/03/12/Judge-rules-560M-Powerball-winner-can-remain-anonymous/5871520887148/

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TexasTowelie Mar 2018 OP
Chemisse Mar 2018 #1
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erpowers Mar 2018 #3

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 05:55 AM

1. I'm not sure I like this.

I wonder if this sets a precedent whereby all recipients can remain anonymous.

The publicity around a big winning is good for selling lottery tickets. And shrouding this in secrecy invites fraud. I think if someone buys a ticket and expects to reap any rewards, they should agree to this stipulation.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 10:30 AM

2. I see both sides...that being said...

I live in Washington and we have the same type of law and I would definitely fight with all legal means available to me to avoid having to reveal my identity. Itís a security thing, both personal and financial.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 10:30 AM

3. I Agree With You

She likely knew what she was getting into when she purchased the ticket. If she did not want to be known she should not have purchased the ticket. If she needed to remain anonymous for safety purposes then she should not have played the lottery. If she just wants to remain anonymous so she will not be bothered by people seeking money, too bad. If she did not want to be bothered she should not have played the lottery.

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