$560M Powerball winner files lawsuit to remain anonymous


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NEW HAMPSHIRE (CNN/WAVY) — A New Hampshire woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot in January has filed a lawsuit against the state’s lottery commission.

According to court documents obtained by CNN, the lottery winner identified as “Jane Doe” claims public disclosure of her identity would constitute a potentially hazardous invasion of privacy.

State law requires a winner’s name, town and jackpot amount to be added to public records.

The woman admits in court documents that she made a “huge mistake” when she signed her name on the back of the winning ticket. She said she followed instructions from the New Hampshire Lottery Commission’s website — and did so without the help of an attorney.

Currently, only six states allow lottery winner to remain anonymous — Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina.

North Carolina and Virginia require jackpot winners to be publicly named.

The Virginia Lottery offered this explaination on the FAQ section of its website: “Putting it into law is the state’s way of keeping the Lottery honest.”

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