There is however a way to avoid the law and this winner wants to use it. She wants “the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.” New Hampshire instead allows people to form a trust to claim prize money anonymously.
For the instant, she showed lottery officials a photocopy of the front to support her claim for the country’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot. They told her that they would be compelled to disclose her identity in the event someone files a Right-to-Know request for the 6 January drawing. Charlie McIntyre, the state lottery’s executive director, said in a statement that his agency understood winning such a large sum was a “life-changing occurrence”. The latest winner has already signed her name on the winning ticket, any alteration to the signature would nullify the ticket for $559.7 million.The winner ticket was sold in Merrimack and the prize expires in 11 months.