Judge to decide if New Hampshire Powerball-winning woman can remain anonymous

One woman wants New Hampshire to give her a $560 million mulligan.

The lawyers for the winner of last month’s massive Powerball jackpot faced a judge Tuesday, making the case she is just a humble, working New Hampshire woman who didn’t realize that when she endorsed her winning ticket, by state law she forfeited her rights to remain anonymous.

Through her attorneys, the winner is hoping to compel a judge at the Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua to let her “white out” her signature on the ticket and write over it her newly minted trust: Good Karma Family Trust.

The unidentified woman’s attorneys were in court pressing their case after filing an injunction in court to “maintain her privacy.”

“The ticket and the prize sits in limbo pending this court’s ruling,” her attorney Steven Gordon said in court on Tuesday.

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A ticket checking machine is pictured inside Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, NH, where a winning ticket in a $560 million Powerball jackpot was sold, Jan. 8, 2018.

After the hearing, her other attorney, William Shaheen, explained that the woman has already suffered an “unreal” amount of stress with people’s hands out, even despite her managing to remain an unknown since winning the historic Jan. 6 drawing.

“A lot of people thinks it’s just glitter,” Sheehan said. “There’s a lot of stress involved. A lot of people ask for things.”

The attorney also said that the frustration was evident when the winner learned she could have waited to sign the ticket and collect the cash through a trust.

“She was very upset,” Sheehan said. “She didn’t know that she lost her right of anonymity by signing the ticket.”

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Attorney William Shaheen, who represents lottery winner “Jane Doe”, shakes hands with New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charles McIntyre, right, at the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case in Nashua, N.H., Feb. 13, 2018.

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