Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Lawyers for mystery Powerball victor will claim windfall, announce donation

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Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 04:20

She announced through her lawyers a donation of $150,000 to Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that advocates for girls, according to The Union Leader.

In a news conference Wednesday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission handed over the winnings to the woman's lawyers. The victor, who remains anonymous, claimed her prize of almost $560 million through the Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust facilitated through the law firm of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., with firm co-founder William Shaheen serving as trustee.

A Powerball lottery sign displays the lottery prizes at a convenience store Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Chicago.

Representatives for the woman who was the sole victor of January's $559 million Powerball drawing will accept the prize Wednesday morning. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission approved the payment to a trust the woman set up.

The Powerball prize was the second-largest for a single victor in Powerball history and the seventh-largest in USA lottery history.

A lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County said she made a "huge mistake" by following lottery instructions and signing her name on the back of the ticket and is asking a court to let her remain anonymous without losing the money.

The bigger prize for media outlets remains the woman's name, but she's suing the state for the right to remain anonymous.

"She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member", the woman's attorney wrote in court documents. "What little I can say, is that she and her family have had a longstanding commitment to their community and are thrilled to be able to enhance their impact through targeted philanthropy for generations to come". She is requesting to be exempt from New Hampshire's "Right to Know Law".