MERRIMACK, N.H - A New Hampshire woman who won the $560 million Powerball jackpot is fighting in court to remain anonymous.
The winning ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack last month.
"It's what every store owner dreams of, selling a jackpot.. and it happened to me and I'm very happy," said store owner Sam Safa.
But the winner who bought it does not want to be identified. Last week, her lawyers even filed a lawsuit suing the Lottery Commission officials to keep her identity private.
According to the suit, the woman "read the instructions on the commission's website" and "signed the back of the ticket" without realizing "her privacy was forever lost."
New Hampshire Lottery Commission rules require a winner sign the ticket before being able to claim a prize. If she had signed the back of the ticket as the name of a trust she could have maintained her privacy. The lottery executive director said those rules are in place for security reasons.
The lawsuit names other lottery winners - who've been assaulted to even murdered after their names went public.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission sent Boston 25 News the following statement:
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