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13 March 2018, 06:32 | Devin Moran
The winning ticket was bought in Merrimack. Credit Todd Bookman NHPR
According to the Louisiana Lottery, a Powerball ticket worth $150,000 was sold at Banks Meat Market on South Broad Street.
The mystery woman who won the almost $560 million Powerball jackpot in New Hampshire two months ago can remain anonymous, according to a Granite State judge who found her right to privacy outweighs any public interest in her identity.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission said in a statement it is determining how to respond to the judge's decision that went against its recommendation to name the victor.
In his 16-page resolution filed in Hillsborough Superior Court Southern District, Judge Charles Temple weighed the public's right to know with the unnamed woman's fears of "unreasonable intrusion" into her life and daily affairs.
Doe, Temple wrote, has "met her burden" showing her privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in the release of her name.
The unidentified woman signed her ticket after the January 6 drawing, but later learned from a lawyer that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.
A lawyer representing the woman says she was "jumping up and down" after learning of the judge's ruling in her favor.
"Her word to me was that she is ecstatic about the court's decision", said Gordon, who co-founded the high-powered Shaheen & Gordon law firm with Bill Shaheen, a former USA attorney in New Hampshire and husband of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
The judge ruled the New Hampshire Lottery Commission can not release the woman's name or address.
Temple allowed the woman to maintain her anonymity through the monicker "Jane Doe" but ruled that the woman's hometown can still be made public by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
The judge also rejected the lottery commission's argument that the woman's name should be revealed to assure the public she was a "bona fide" lottery participant and "real" victor. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.
"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the state had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", Charlie McIntyre, commission executive director, said in a statement. 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.
Last week she received just over $264m - her winnings minus taxes and bearing in mind winners get a smaller amount if they opt for a lump sum payment.
As for the ticket, Doe's attorneys lobbied the judge to grant her a do-over.
Her lawyers said she intends to donate between $25m and $50m to charities during her lifetime.
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