A New Hampshire Powerball victor is suing the state's Lottery Commission in a bid to remain anonymous in wake of her $560 million jackpot. Once claimed, she could take the lump-sum cash option of just under $360 million or an annual payment over 30 years beginning with $8 million and increasing each year.
Unlike Minnesota, however, had she signed the back of it as a trust she could remain anonymous. Following instructions, she printed her name on the back of the ticket, but now says that she regrets doing that after learning that she could have signed the ticket to a trust.
But that's the breaks in New Hampshire where, like Minnesota, her name is public and the lottery can release it if they want to.
Safa told CNNMoney that he understands why the jackpot victor would want to remain anonymous, since he himself has been inundated with "nonsense calls" of people asking for money and wanting to know the identity of the jackpot victor.
"She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member", wrote attorney Steven Gordon from the Shaheen and Gordon law firm.
However, under New Hampshire rules, her name must be made public in order to claim the prize.
Disclosure of winners goes to another reason for the state to make the names public: It helps promote the games and generates more income for the state.
When the winning numbers were first announced, she didn't believe she had won.More news: We didn't play our number one game in final: Rahul Dravid
She didn't know that, of course, until after she'd already signed her name, the Manchester Union Leader reports.
But McIntyre said that after consulting with the state's Attorney General, the commission will proceed according to the rules, which require that the victor be identified.
"While we respect this player's desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols", New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said in a statement.
New Hampshire lottery rules state unclaimed Powerball prizes lapse following one year.
Jane Doe bought the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market in New Hampshire and the owner of the independent convenience store, Sam Safa, has been inundated with excited regulars.
The lawsuit, however, says Jane Doe now joins a small demographic of big jackpot winners that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous". A list of beneficiaries must also be divulged to Lottery officials.
(Don't we all.) But she doesn't want the hassles of being a big lottery victor, such as being besieged by requests for money, losing her ability to go out in public incognito, having to change her phone number and perhaps address to avoid scams, theft and unwanted visitors.