Loss of Privacy and 'Leeches' Behind Powerball Jackpot Winner's Quest to Remain Anonymous

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On Tuesday, a New Hampshire woman will ask a Superior Court judge to let her cross her name off the back of a $560-million winning lottery ticket. It’s not that she doesn’t want the money. It’s what comes with the sudden wealth that she’s trying to avoid. The single winning Powerball ticket for the January 6 th drawing—the seventh largest prize in U.S. history—was sold at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack. But rather than come forward and claim her prize, the winner instead has filed a lawsuit requesting that she get to stay out of the spotlight. The winner, who is identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, followed the directions on the state Lottery Commission’s website. Those directions instruct winners to ‘sign the back of the ticket.’ “Well, if...

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Loss of Privacy and 'Leeches' Behind Powerball Jackpot Winner's Quest to Remain Anonymous

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