N.H. Lottery Won't Appeal 'Jane Doe' Powerball Winner's Anonymity Win

Mar 19, 2018

The state Lottery Commission says it won’t appeal a court decision that allowed the winner of a half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot to remain anonymous.

The Lottery Commission and the anonymous winner, identified only as Jane Doe, had been at odds over whether a lottery winner’s name was subject to right-to-know laws.

Last week, a Hillsboro Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the lottery winner -- meaning her identity will remain a mystery.

In a statement released Monday, the Lottery Commission says rather than appeal the ruling, they believe legislators should address the rules that allowed for the dispute. State law currently considers the front and back of winning lottery tickets to be public documents.

The Commission also praised Jane Doe for her commitments to local charities and non-profits.