Judge to hear case of Powerball victor who wants anonymity

Privacy vs. transparency as lottery case has its day in court

Attorneys filed paperwork in court in New Hampshire on Monday, which revealed why the woman wants to be anonymous, the Boston Globe says.

Attorneys for the woman, identified in legal documents as Jane Doe, on Monday provided details of the freaky offers in a filing in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has requested for the lawsuit to be dismissed citing the state's Right to Know Law.

Doe's complaint says she visited the commission's website last month when she realized she had won and followed the agency's instructions for redeeming her prize, signing the back of her Powerball ticket and printing her address and phone number.

Conforti said the ticket is a public document, and the commission believes that it is best to be transparent with the lottery process so that the public can see that winners are not connected to the lottery or the state, or that winners are not in clusters or related.

A judge was set to hear arguments on both sides Tuesday morning.

"She doesn't want to be a celebrity", said William Shaheen of Shaheen and Gordon law firm.

"Time is of the essence in this matter", said the attorney, Steven Gordon, who is representing the victor known as Jane Doe in court documents.

"When somebody wins a public lottery of $560 million, there is a public interest in knowing who the victor was, and that it is a fair and equitable process", John J. Conforti, an assistant attorney general representing the lottery commission, told the court.

The ticket will have to be submitted as signed with the winner's signature and personal information, the commission states. Jane Doe's lawyers suggested that she be allowed to "white-out" her signature in front of the commission - a procedure used at least once, in OH - and then have a trust sign it.

Gordon included biographical information on several people who contacted his firm, the high-powered Shaheen & Gordon group that counts William Shaheen, a former U.S. attorney in New Hampshire and husband of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, among its partners.

The New Hampshire resident says she made a huge mistake and hasn't turned in the ticket yet.

A New Hampshire state judge is deciding whether to allow the woman to stay anonymous.

According toNewHampshire.com, her lawyer wrote that Jane Doe is an engaged member of the community and "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". "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". Doe plans to donate part of her winnings to a charitable foundation.

The unidentified victor is going to court in hopes of getting her winnings while maintaining anonymity.

"The opportunity for life altering money is the essence of a large jackpot lottery such as Powerball".

Jane Doe bought the winning lottery ticket at Reeds Ferry Market, an independent, more than 100-year-old convenience store in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

"But there are so many things going on in this world, I think that anytime we can protect someone's privacy, we should probably do it", Cavanaugh said.

The woman struck gold on January 6 with the Easy Pick combination of 12-29-30-33-61 and Powerball number 26.



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