A New Hampshire lady is in possession of the winning Powerball jackpot ticket for US$560. But, she cannot obtain her winnings since she is not willing to disclose her identity, according to US media.
New Hampshire.com states that the lady, referred to as Jane Doe in court documents, states that she wishes to remain anonymous although New Hampshire Lottery Commission regulations require a winner to sign a winning ticket’s back, before managing to claim the prize.
‘She has resided in New Hampshire for a long period and is an active community member,’ her lawyer said. ‘She wants to go on with this job and have the freedom to visit a grocery shop or attend public functions without being recognized or pointed out as the person who won half-billion dollars.’
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According to reports from New Hampshire.com, Doe was skeptical that she was a winner, following the declaration of the winning numbers. After this she visited the website of the lottery and studied the directions on her winning ticket’s back. Then, she wrote her name as well as other info on her winning ticket’s back. She kept it in a safe place and hired an attorney.
Only after meeting the attorney did Doe discover that a trust could sign for the winnings and collect the winnings, hence maintaining her privacy, stated her attorney’s report. Also, he requested for Doe to substitute her name with the trust on the ticket in the lottery officials’ presence. However, he was informed that any change would make the ticket invalid and she would miss her winnings.
‘She wants to donate part of her winnings to a charitable organization to enable them to assist in the globe. She wants to become a quiet spectator to these charitable acts, away from the limelight and fate that has been experienced by other winners of the lottery,’ wrote her lawyer in court records.
The New Hampshire Lottery executive also informed NewHampshire.com: ‘We respect the wish of this player to remain unidentified, but the lottery regulations and state statues give directions on practices.’
The CNBC states that if left unclaimed, the winnings will elapse. The winning ticket for Powerball ranked fifth among the most significant prize in the 15-year history of the game, states lottery officials.
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