Furthermore, he said that given the structure of the Powerball lottery game, the chance of any corruption or error attributable to the Commission is extremely low.
In the end, the court sided with the woman, saying disclosing her name would amount to an invasion of privacy.
The woman's lawyers have argued that she is part of a group that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous", and that she made a mistake by signing her name on the ticket, when if she had set up an anonymous trust, she would have been able to avoid identifying herself in that way.
He said she met her burden of showing that her privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in disclosing her name in the nation's eighth-largest jackpot.
For now, you can't stop the Pennsylvania Lottery from releasing your information.
Lynda E. Plante, deputy director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, disclosed the woman's hometown in response to a public records request.
The judge wrote that he had "no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications". "That said, we will consult with the Attorney General's office to determine appropriate next steps regarding the case".
Also in the court documents, the unidentified woman's lawyers asked the judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous.
Temple, who already agreed to let Doe collect her winnings through the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018 several weeks earlier, refused meanwhile to let Doe keep her hometown a secret.
The highly anticipated ruling capped a legal saga that began January 29, when Doe sued the Lottery Commission for the right to remain nameless when she claimed her windfall.
Other lottery winners have realized that every ticket buyer's fantasy can quickly morph into a nightmare.
Billie Bob Harrell Jr., who won $31 million in 1997, told his financial adviser shortly before his suicide that "winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me". "This assures the public that Lottery winners are real people and that the Lottery operates with integrity and transparency", the Lottery said. It is the first of what her lawyers said would be donations over the years of between $25 million to $50 million during her lifetime. "He found out about it and threatened to kill her".