$560M Powerball victor might get prize while suit over privacy rages on

$560M Powerball victor might get prize while suit over privacy rages on

Lawyers for the victor of a $560 million Powerball jackpot argued in a Nashua courtroom Tuesday that she should be able to remain anonymous.

The state Attorney General's office says disclosing the name of lottery winners in New Hampshire "is not something done for the sake of curiosity or sales promotion", but instead is a crucial step to ensure the Lottery Commission operates with integrity and accountability.

The woman, known in court filings as Jane Doe, was not in court for the hearing.

The unidentified victor is going to court in hopes of getting her winnings while maintaining anonymity.

A judge in Nashua is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Tuesday morning.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has requested for the lawsuit to be dismissed citing the state's Right to Know Law.

New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says the woman should be able to claim her winnings as the dispute plays out and that they have been in discussion about transferring money.

He said there has already been a lot of interest in learning who the victor is.

Her lawyers said their client is terrified.

Gordon argued that the commission has nothing to do with the Powerball game, explaining that it is handled by the Multi-State Lottery Association, and that disclosure of the woman's identity will reveal nothing about the commission's activities. Any adjustment to the ticket purchased at Reed's Ferry Market in Merrimack would invalidate it, the lottery commission claims. They have asked the court to keep her name private while she redeems her prize money. Afterwards, she contacted an attorney who advised her that she could have hidden her identity but writing in the name of a trust. Nowhere, they said, does the website advise the victor "that there is an option for a trust to claim a prize".

She is likely to get the money soon as her demand to remain anonymous makes its way through the courts, but her attorneys are trying to fast-track the process due to what they say is lost money in interest.

Charles McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, said the commission wants to work with the victor and is prepared to allow the funds to be assigned to a trust and transferred. The name of the trust would be publicly available, but the person it is linked to-in this case, Jane Doe-would remain anonymous. "[Doe's] understandable yearning for normalcy after entering a lottery to win hundreds of millions of dollars is not a sufficient basis to shut the public out of the business of the government", State Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald wrote.

Cavanaugh said he understands the woman's concerns - he bought a lottery ticket himself over the weekend.

After court, Shaheen, one of her lawyers, told reporters that his advice to her was simple: "If you like your family and you like your friends and you like your relatives, don't tell anybody".