The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets since joining the game in 2002 and two jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket since joining the game in 2010. The woman's lawyers have argued that she is part of a group that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous", and that she made a mistake by signing her name on the ticket, when if she had set up an anonymous trust, she would have been able to avoid identifying herself in that way.
An essential decision ahead, Mr Shaheen said, will be for the victor to determine whether to spend the money while she is alive or to create a more enduring fund, like a foundation or endowment.
A Powerball victor is allowed to stay anonymous while collecting her $560 million jackpot, a New Hampshire judge ruled on Monday. "Commission dismisses this harassment as trivial and/or speculative, for the court to do so would require it to ignore the significant media attention this case has received, the numerous documented bad experiences of other lottery winners, as well as the bevy of unsolicited e-mails, phone calls, and in-person visits already directed at Miss Doe through her attorneys".
She sued the New Hampshire Lottery Commission on January 29 for the right to remain anonymous when she claimed her windfall.
He said she met her burden of showing that her privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in disclosing her name in the nation's eighth-largest jackpot.
Doe put her name and address on the winning ticket for the Jan 6. draw, but before she sent it to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, she turned to attorneys to see if she could remain anonymous. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.
Commission executive director Charles McIntyre says the commission was "expecting a different outcome" Monday and believed the state had a strong argument. They said she would give $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 apiece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger in the state.
Last week, the commission handed over $264 million - the amount left after taxes were deducted - to the woman's lawyers. The state Attorney General's Office said the woman's name must be revealed because she signed the back of the ticket, USA Today reported. It is the first of what her lawyers said would be donations over the years of between $25 million to $50 million during her lifetime.