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Woman's Agonising Lotto Dilemma

After winning last month’s lottery of $US560 million, $710 million in Aussie dollerydoos, one US woman is facing a bizarre dilemma – keep the money or keep her anonymity.

Lottery rules dictate she can’t have both.

But that hasn’t stopped the woman – known, fittingly, as Jane Doe – asking a judge to bend the rules.

"She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member," the woman's attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in the court documents.

"She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars."

The rules require the winner’s name, town and amount won to be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws.

According to NewHampshire.com, the state does allow winners to create an anonymous trust, but Jane Doe had already signed the ticket. Altering it would nullify it.

The lottery commission, in conjunction with the state's attorney general's office, said in a statement that the Powerball winner must abide by the disclosure laws "like any other".

The Washington Post

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