There was a lot of buzz surrounding the first major Powerball winner of the year 2018, and not only because she won a ground-breaking $560.000.000 jackpot. The unidentified woman from New Hampshire made the headlines when she started legal battle against lottery officials, fighting for her right to remain anonymous. The judge allowed her to keep her identity a secret and she officially came forward to collect her prize last week.
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The lucky lady scooped this enormous amount of money after correctly guessing the winning numbers 12, 29, 30, 33 and 61 with the Power Ball 26 on January 6th. After checking her numbers and realizing she matched them all, the New Hampshire resident made one big mistake. She signed her name on the back of the ticket, meaning that her identity would be made public when she came forward. The winner decided to take the case to court and the judge eventually ruled in her favour. She formed the Good Karma Family 2018 Nominee Trust and her attorney William Shaheen accepted the Powerball prize on her behalf.
“We recognize the tremendous interest this prize has generated but hope you appreciate our client’s desire to maintain a sense of normalcy by keeping her name confidential. 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,” explained Shaheen.
The trust already gave away $150.000 to the organization Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and donated $100.000 to the charity End 68 Hours of Hunger. New Hampshire lottery officials expressed their gratitude to the fortunate winner who immediately proved to be a true humanitarian.
“While we don’t know the winner’s identity, we do know that her heart is in the right place. These substantial donations are an indication of her generosity and they will make a significant difference in the lives of many throughout our community,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery.