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All she has to do to collect a $560 million lotto jackpot is make her name public. She refuses.
WaPo ^ | 02-05-2018 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Posted on 02/05/2018 5:05:55 PM PST by NRx

The winning numbers triple-checked and the lottery ticket signed, the New Hampshire woman knew her life was about to change in a very positive way — except for one petrifying thing.

As the winner of last month’s $560 million Powerball, she would soon be the world’s newest owner of a nine-digit bank account.

But because of lottery rules, everyone in the world would know about it — neighbors, old high school friends, con artists, criminals.

Now the woman is asking a judge to let her keep the cash — and remain anonymous. In court documents obtained by NewHampshire.com, she is fittingly identified only as Jane Doe.

“She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” the woman’s attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in the court documents. “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.”

On one side of the case are lottery officials who say the integrity of the games depends on the public identification of its winners as a protection against fraud and malfeasance. A local woman holding up a giant check while cameras flash and reporters scrawl also happens to be a powerful marketing tool.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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1 posted on 02/05/2018 5:05:55 PM PST by NRx
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To: NRx

Tough Noogies! She bought in a state requiring she be identified.


2 posted on 02/05/2018 5:08:09 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NRx

If she has the time, she should simply change her name and change up her look for the photos. Then, after a year or so, change it all back :-). Problem (mostly) solved though there are sucmbags out there that make it their life’s mission to rip people off ... and not just Democrats.


3 posted on 02/05/2018 5:08:09 PM PST by edh
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To: NRx
I don’t blame her. Parasites would make her life a living hell. But then, what do these liberal bureaucrats and judges live for if not to f8ck over citizens who only want to be let alone?.
4 posted on 02/05/2018 5:08:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Morally I’m on her side. But legally I agree.


5 posted on 02/05/2018 5:09:07 PM PST by NRx (A man of integrity passes his father's civilization to his son, without selling it off to strangers.)
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To: NRx

We will find out anyway. She might as well suffer the indignity of having her name attached to 1/2 billion dollars.

Oh and I want to be her friend.


6 posted on 02/05/2018 5:09:48 PM PST by ping jockey (mohamed sucks)
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To: NRx

crumbs/s


7 posted on 02/05/2018 5:10:49 PM PST by HerrBlucher (For the sake of His sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.)
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To: NRx

She can’t set up a trust to collect the money? Or something on that order?


8 posted on 02/05/2018 5:11:00 PM PST by Tammy8 (Please be a regular supporter of Free Republic !)
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"...anonymous lottery winner..."


For goodness sake, collect the darn money, update your security, and travel on an irregular schedule to all your new houses, lady. Sheesh.

9 posted on 02/05/2018 5:11:00 PM PST by Blue Jays ( Rock hard ~ Ride free)
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I always thought that if I won big like that, I’d tell the Lottery Commission that I would tell every interviewer that buying lottery tickets was stupid, a tax on poor people, and a horrible bet. Then for the photo op, I’d wear a T-Shirt saying “Don’t buy lottery tickets”


10 posted on 02/05/2018 5:11:21 PM PST by Pappy Smear
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To: NRx

You pays your money, you takes your chances...


11 posted on 02/05/2018 5:11:26 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Free Republic has been reduced to primarily a gathering place for the inane, banal, and obtuse.)
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To: NRx

Not in our state, a winner CAN remain anonymous.

Lottery officials may not like it, but tough!


12 posted on 02/05/2018 5:11:27 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = USSR; Journ0List + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey)
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In Hong Kong the pots are comparitively TINY yet ALL winners show up to collect in MASKS —every one of them.

Kidnapping risk too high.


13 posted on 02/05/2018 5:11:46 PM PST by gaijin
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To: NRx
Go take the money....

Change your name legally...

Move out of the state....maybe the country.

Change your looks when picking up the money....

Lot's of options........

Personally I think every state ought to have the winners of big lotteries the option to be anonymous.

14 posted on 02/05/2018 5:12:00 PM PST by Osage Orange (Watch your six.)
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HAHA!!....And that's an option!!

I like it..........

15 posted on 02/05/2018 5:13:35 PM PST by Osage Orange (Watch your six.)
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On one side of the case are lottery officials who say the integrity of the games depends on the public identification of its winners as a protection against fraud and malfeasance.

Utter horse feces. The lottery can easily just announce the gender, age, and county or city of the winner.

BTW, if you ever win the Powerball, don't claim it immediately. There are attorneys who specialize in lottery winners, and they can create a double blind trust. Meaning the trust would claim the winnings.

But the lottery thrives on people who run out there shouting it to the world.

16 posted on 02/05/2018 5:14:46 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Osage Orange

Maybe she doesn’t want debt collectors ringing her phone off the hook!


17 posted on 02/05/2018 5:15:30 PM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: NRx

I hope she wins the case and then it holds true for every winner, from everywhere, from now on!


18 posted on 02/05/2018 5:15:34 PM PST by nopardons
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To: NRx

Change name, wear a burqa. Problem solved.


19 posted on 02/05/2018 5:19:57 PM PST by Does so (Release the memo...!)
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To: NRx

Sell it to someone for 5 million, let them collect, take the heat, and then get the 555:million from them afterward.


20 posted on 02/05/2018 5:20:55 PM PST by Keyhopper (Indians had bad immigration laws)
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