NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private.

Judge Charles Temple said in a ruling Monday that disclosing the woman’s name would be an invasion of privacy. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly.

The unidentified woman signed her ticket after the Jan. 6 drawing, but later learned from a lawyer that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

nh New Hampshire Powerball Winner Can Stay Anonymous, Judge Rules

The January 2018 Powerball winner claimed her $559.7 million prize through the Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust on March 7, 2018. (Photo credit: New Hampshire Lottery)

They said she was upset after learning she was giving up her anonymity by signing the ticket — something the lottery commission acknowledged isn’t spelled out on the ticket, but is detailed on its website.

The woman’s lawyers argued her privacy interests outweigh what the state said is the public’s right to know who won the money in the nation’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot.

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Comments (3)
  1. So her attorney is all giddy and believes as he said that his client can live her life normally going forward. Is he joking? The name of the town where she lives is known. In this day and age something of this magnitude won’t stay under wraps forever and she’ll be outed. Her attorney is getting his money so that’s really all he cares about.

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