The victor of a $560 million Powerball jackpot has yet to claim her prize, but her lawyers say she is already being preyed upon and is highly stressed.
Since then, her lawyers have been deluged with offers from around the world of ideas for how she might get the money and still keep her privacy.
But New Hampshire's lottery commission takes a very different stance, arguing that the state has an overriding interest in disclosing the names of lottery winners - not to satisfy the curiosity of neighbors or promote sales of lottery tickets, but as a hedge against corruption.
The victor has established a trust, the Good Karma Family Trust, which could claim the jackpot, her lawyers said.
The unidentified victor is going to court in hopes of getting her winnings while maintaining anonymity.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has requested for the lawsuit to be dismissed citing the state's Right to Know Law.More news: The Hays plc (LON:HAS) Receives Buy Rating from Liberum Capital
Her lawyers said their client is terrified.
The complaint says she plans to remain in New Hampshire and give back "to the state and community that has given so much to her".
The New Hampshire resident says she made a huge mistake and hasn't turned in the ticket yet.
He said he doesn't know the identity of the victor but hopes one of the regulars from the over 100-year-old store in Merrimack won the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot, Fox News reported.
The state argues that making the woman's identity known to the public is important so that the public knows the victor is not associated with the lottery in any fashion.
Conforti said the ticket is a public document, and the commission believes that it is best to be transparent with the lottery process so that the public can see that winners are not connected to the lottery or the state, or that winners are not in clusters or related. However, the complaint says, the commission has informed her that any adjustment of the ticket will make it invalid. They have asked the court to keep her name private while she redeems her prize money. Nowhere, they said, does the website advise the victor "that there is an option for a trust to claim a prize".More news: The NHL Is Holding Back Team USA
The fact that New Hampshire already allows trusts to sign the tickets, effectively allowing a victor to remain anonymous, undermines the state's argument that a winner's identity must be publicly disclosed to protect the integrity of the process, Gordon said.
The woman signed the back of the Powerball ticket with her name, home address and phone number after turning to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission's website for advice on how to claim her prize - only belatedly realizing she could have set up a trust to protect her identity.
Doe requested instead to "white out" her name and create a public trust that would be used as identification, rather than her personal information.
"[Doe] argues that winning in excess of a half-billion dollars is life-altering money and that she prefers to live as normal a life as possible", MacDonald's office wrote.
Gordon told the court that this is an extraordinary case, and her interests trump the public's right to know. But the state said that would alter the ticket and render it invalid.More news: Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) Stock Is Shorted More