Lawyers for Powerball victor to claim $559M prize

Kelvin Reese
March 9, 2018

From the AP: A New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth almost $560 million plans to give as much as $50 million to charity as a legal fight to keep her identity private proceeds, her lawyers said Wednesday.

The woman's lawyers have planned a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Concord later Wednesday.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, signed the ticket following the January 6 drawing, but later learned she could remain anonymous through a trust.

Lawyer William Shaheen is fighting to protect "Jane Doe's" identity.

"My client doesn't want any accolades". The commission approved the payment to a trust the woman set up.

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"She just wants to do good things", said Mr Shaheen, according to USA Today. The lawyers also announced she would give $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 each to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger. He argued that had the victor created the trust before signing the ticket, she could have collected her winnings without making her identity public.

"The New Hampshire Lottery is excited to award yet another Powerball jackpot to some very fortunate Granite State residents", New Hampshire Lottery director Charlie McIntyre said in a statement.

Meanwhile this week, United States news outlets reported on "Jane Doe", the victor of the largest Powerball jackpot in history. But lottery officials have argued that even if the cash goes into a trust, the ticket will have to be submitted in its original form - complete with the ticket buyer's name and home town.

A lawsuit filed by her lawyers says she is an "engaged community member" who wants to go about public life "without being known or targeted as the victor of a half-billion dollars". Our Iraqi US jackpot winner's identity was kept secret by the Oregon Lottery to protect his safety.

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