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The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is celebrating Monday’s victory in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the legality of online lottery sales.

The case centers on a surprise opinion released by the Office of Legal Counsel in November 2018 that said online lottery ticket sales violated the 1961 Wire Act. That opinion reversed a 2011 memo that cleared the way for online lottery sales.

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A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.

Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowed trusts to claim prizes.

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A federal judge has turned down a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss a lawsuit brought the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

Thursday’s ruling comes in a case that centers on a surprise opinion released by the DOJ in November 2018 that could have broad implications for all lottery games.

They didn't win the big jackpot, but a group of winners from a New Hampshire business plans to claim a $1 million Powerball prize.

The New Hampshire Lottery says a winning ticket was sold at a Cumberland Farms on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua for the drawing on Saturday, March 23.

The lottery says the ticket will be claimed Wednesday morning at its headquarters in Concord.

The current Powerball jackpot has hit $750 million.

 

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.

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Jane Doe will remain Jane Doe.

In a ruling that could shift legal precedent in New Hampshire, a Superior Court judge has declared that the identity of a woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot cannot be disclosed by the state Lottery Commission, citing “an invasion of privacy.”

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Representatives for the New Hampshire woman who won a half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot will claim the prize on Wednesday.

The winner, however, won’t be present.

Identified only as Jane Doe in court paperwork, she’s asking a judge to let her remain anonymous despite having already signed the back of the $559 million Powerball jackpot ticket. 

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission says it will allow the lottery winner who wants to remain anonymous to start collecting some of her $560 million jackpot, while she awaits a court’s ruling on whether her identity is a matter of public record.

 

In a motion filed Thursday, the lottery commission said it would allow the woman to designate a trust that could collect the money on her behalf — as long as someone brings her winning ticket, photo ID and social security number to a secure location so state officials can make sure she’s eligible. 

  

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Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman who won a $560 million Powerball game drawing in January 2018 went to court to remain anonymous. She signed the back of her ticket, which means her identity will be public under state law, according to the New Hampshire Lottery.

UPDATE, March 12, 2018: Judge Rules Powerball winner 'Jane Doe' Can Remain Anonymous

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The state Attorney General’s office says disclosing the name of lottery winners in New Hampshire “is not something done for the sake of curiosity or sales promotion,” but instead is a crucial step to ensure the Lottery Commission operates with integrity and accountability.

A Superior Court judge will hear argument next Tuesday in the case of a New Hampshire woman who wishes to remain anonymous after winning a $560 million lottery jackpot.

[You can read NHPR’s previous coverage of this story here.]