Woman with $559M Powerball ticket wants to stay anonymous

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A New Hampshire woman wants to remain anonymous after she won the $559.7 million jackpot with a Powerball ticket.

The woman says she signed the ticket after the January 6 drawing, the nation's eighth biggest, reports The Associated Press. The lottery clearly doesn't want to get caught up in the court system over this and the woman doesn't want to have her name outed to maniacs who would stalk her.

New Hampshire lottery rules do allow for winners to form a trust anonymously, but the woman waived this right when she signed her ticket.

Gordon calls her "an engaged community member" who "wishes to continue this work and [keep] 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".

According to New Hampshire lotto rules, the winner's name, town and amount won has to be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws. The state is holding its ground. "Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games".

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.

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Court documents cited by Newhampshire.com show the woman is now fighting to stay anonymous, fearing that being revealed as the owner of almost a billion dollars would place her privacy and safety at risk. Any adjustment to the ticket purchased at Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack would invalidate it, the lottery commission claims. She simply doesn't need people in general to know she won it.

A Pennsylvania writer said she just barely made a different sort of deadline - cashing in a $50,000 Powerball ticket days before it expired.

Andrew Myers, a New Hampshire civil attorney, said the woman's chances of winning in court are "probably zero", but there's a chance the case could go as high as the state Supreme Court. Lottery officials confirmed the ticket is a victor.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) says it is simply following protocol.

The complaint filed references an incident in which 2009 Florida lottery victor, Abraham Shakespeare, was murdered for his $30 million, ABC News reported.

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