Lawyers for Powerball victor to claim $559M jackpot for client

09 March, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Lawyers for Powerball winner to claim $559M jackpot for client

Representatives for the woman who was the sole victor of January's $559 million Powerball drawing will accept the prize Wednesday morning.

The first thing he did was give a total of about $249,000 to a couple of nonprofits - Girls Inc. and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger - and said the woman plans to give away as much as $50 million in the future.

In court documents, the lottery victor asked a judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous.

The woman filed a lawsuit against the state to remain anonymous, but lawyers were allowed to pick up a lump sum of $352m in Powerball winnings.

"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", William Shaheen, one of the woman's attorneys, said in a statement.

The lawsuit describes the anonymous victor as an "engaged community member" who wants to continue to shop and attend public events "without being known or targeted as the victor of a half-billion dollars".


"The lottery is a business so they want to sell tickets, they want to put a face to the win", he said.

Lottery victor in New Hampshire fights for her right to remain anonymous; Molly Line reports from New Hampshire.

"This is truly a life-altering prize, and it is incredibly gratifying to learn of the winner's plans to make such an incredible impact on our nonprofit community here in New Hampshire", said Debra Douglas, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

You still have time to buy a ticket, and potentially be tonight's big victor of the $348 million Powerball jackpot.

A second-prize $1 million victor in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing purchased the ticket at a Seaford convenience store, according to the New York Lottery website. Her main argument is that lottery winners are frequently met with "violence, threats, scams, harassment and endless solicitations", according to the suit.

Weaver also notices that many female lottery winners are keen on anonymity: "Thankfully theLotter is experienced in handling such privacy-related requests".

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