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Posted: Friday, Sep 27,2019 | Time: 01:52 pm | Edited by: The Lottery Lab Staff
Lawyers representing a New Hampshire couple won lottery worth $487 million Powerball jackpot on their behalf Monday. They claimed that the winners wished to remain anonymous but would do “great things” with their sudden wealth. Since the family chose to remain anonymous and hired a team of attorneys, we know that they are taking the responsible precautions for claiming their cash prize. This is the nation’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot and there was considerable suspense about the identity of the winners. The family’s attorneys have created a trust and claimed the winnings in the name of the trust. The winning ticket for the July 30 drawing was sold at a Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, a town of about 10,000 residents.
On Monday, lottery officials announced that the family is local to New Hampshire and stated that the family wished to keep their identities a secret. No other information was offered by lottery officials. The family opted for a lump sum payment and received a final payout after taxes of $256 million. Attorneys for the family announced $100,000 in charitable donations Monday and said the family plans to donate more. They were not specific about how much money would go to charity or whether all the donations would be announced publicly.
Whether a lottery winner can remain their prize anonymously depends on where they live. Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina allow winners to remain anonymous. In 2014, Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the state from disclosing lottery winners’ names without consent.
But New Hampshire, like a handful of other states, lets winners claim the prize through trusts. By disclosing the name of the trust only, they can shield their identities. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Colorado also allow this. The New Hampshire family’s $100,000 donation matched a donation made by the retailer Hannaford. The store donated its $75,000 commission for selling the ticket, plus an additional $25,000.
The $100,000 from the lottery winners will go to End 68 Hours of Hunger, four food pantries in Raymond, Epping and Deerfield, and the Raymond Coalition for Youth, an organization that works with the police department and focuses on youth substance abuse prevention. Representatives from the organizations praised the anonymous family for their donations.