The New Hampshire Lottery will not appeal a decision in the Jane Doe v.
New Hampshire Lottery Commission case, which allows for a $559.7 million
New Hampshire Powerball winner to maintain her anonymity.
Attorney Steven Gordon, who represented the winner with Attorney William
Shaheen, was pleased with the outcome:
“We appreciate the Lottery Commission’s kind words and good
wishes as well as its decision not to appeal the court’s decision,”
he said. “Ms. Doe remains to committed to quietly perform her good
works and appreciates the support she has received in her efforts to maintain
The court had allowed Jane Doe to claim her prize through the Good Karma
Family 2018 Nominee Trust facilitated through the law firm with Mr. Shaheen
serving as trustee while awaiting the ruling. The trust recently made
donations totaling nearly $250,000 to Girls Inc. and three chapters of
End 68 Hours of Hunger.
The New Hampshire Lottery issued the following statement:
"We respect the Court's decision and are satisfied to have a resolution.
We are pleased that our winner has claimed her prize money and that she
has already shared a substantial amount of her winnings with New Hampshire
nonprofit organizations-and has indicated plans for future donations.
It is gratifying and humbling to see her commitment to the Granite State.
We wish her and her family all the best.
"We never want to be in an adversarial position with our players,
but we take our obligation to uphold the laws set forth by the New Hampshire
Legislature seriously. Rather than appealing this ruling, we believe this
matter should be taken up by the Legislature if it believes changes are
This winner marks the 11th Powerball jackpot winner in New Hampshire history.
In 2016, a New Hampshire player won a $487 million winning Powerball ticket
purchased at the Hannaford Supermarket in Raymond. That prize was claimed
through the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust, which was created by Mr. Shaheen,
and he serves as its trustee.