N.H. woman with $559M Powerball ticket to get hearing

  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, a clerk hands over a Powerball ticket for cash at Tower City Lottery Stop in Cleveland. The Associated Press has learned that the group that runs Powerball approved, then backed off, changes that would have given ticket buyers more bang for their two bucks than the game redesign implemented last year. In October, Powerball managers changed the game’s matrix in a bid to build bigger jackpots to revive lagging player interest and ticket sales. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)Documents show Powerball operators considered, but ultimately decided against, a revamp of the game that would have set off large jackpots and provided players with more value for the price of their ticket. Tony Dejak

Associated Press
Thursday, February 08, 2018

A hearing has been scheduled for a New Hampshire woman who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot and wants a judge to grant her request to stay anonymous.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed a complaint in Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua saying she signed the back of the ticket following the Jan. 6 drawing, the nation’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot. Under New Hampshire law, a lottery winner’s name, town and prize amount are public information. But after the woman contacted a lawyer, she learned that she could’ve shielded her identity by instead writing the name of a trust.

The woman hasn’t turned in her ticket yet. Lottery officials say they must follow the law and process the ticket like any other.

A hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at the court.