A $560 million lottery ticket is in jeopardy as the winner risks her fortune to remain anonymous

Matthew Michaels


  • The New Hampshire Lottery Commission wants to dismiss a request to remain anonymous from the woman won the Powerball jackpot of $560 million in January.
  • The unidentified winner is going to court in hopes of getting her winnings while maintaining anonymity.
  • The two parties are set to meet in court on Tuesday.


In New Hampshire, a Powerball jackpot of $560 million has gone unclaimed for over a month because of a legal battle for privacy.

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

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

A hearing was set for February 21 but Jane Doe’s attorney was unavailable and asked for the court’s decision to be pushed up, citing his client’s financial interest. The parties are set to meet in court on February 13.

“Time is of the essence in this matter.” Gordon said to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “For every day that a resolution is delayed, Ms. Doe loses approximately $14,000 that would be generated in interest.”

The New Hampshire Lottery Commissionrequires that lottery winners write their name, address, and telephone number on the back of the lucky ticket. The woman who won the $560 million jackpot quickly signed her name on the back, but has called that a "huge mistake."

Reed's Market New Hampshire lottery

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The winner could have remained anonymous had the ticket been signed in the name of a trust, but Jane Doe was not aware she could do that before she wrote her own name. After learning she won the jackpot, the woman went to the lottery's website and read the rules before discussing the situation with legal counsel.

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 winner of a half-billion dollars."

Her legal team has requested to white-out her name and write the name of a trust over it, but the lottery commission says that would void her winnings. Any alteration to the ticket purchased at Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack would invalidate it, the lottery commission claims.

Jane Doe is being represented by attorney Steve Gordon from Shaheen & Gordon, PA. Gordon's legal partner,William Shaheen, is married to Jeanne Shaheen, US senator for New Hampshire.

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