The woman who won a $560 million jackpot in January, and who prevailed Monday in her fight to keep her name out of the press, lives in Merrimack, N.H., lottery officials confirmed Tuesday.
Lynda E. Plante, deputy director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, disclosed the woman’s hometown in response to a public records request. Merrimack is a town of about 25,000 residents located in Hillsborough County.
State officials, however, won’t be releasing the woman’s name, after a judge ruled Monday that the winner, dubbed Jane Doe in court papers, has a compelling privacy interest in remaining anonymous. The judge also found that her hometown “must be disclosed pursuant to a Right-to-Know request.”
The highly anticipated ruling capped a legal saga that began Jan. 29, when Doe sued the Lottery Commission for the right to remain nameless when she claimed her windfall.
According to Doe’s civil complaint, she visited the commission’s website after learning she won and followed the agency’s instructions for redeeming her prize, signing the back of the ticket and printing her address and phone number.
But after speaking with a lawyer, Doe realized she could have maintained her privacy if a trustee had signed the ticket instead.
Doe requested in the lawsuit that the state withhold her name from public disclosure or replace her identifying information with that of a trust she created. The commission said any alteration of the ticket would make it invalid.
Attorneys for Doe last week collected the winnings on behalf of her Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust.
The payout netted Doe $264 million after taxes, and her lawyers announced a combined $250,000 contribution from the trust to Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.