The woman, who is fighting to remain anonymous through an ongoing lawsuit, is collecting a lump-sum cash prize of $352 million - which will get whittled down to $264 million after Uncle Sam takes his share. She is from southern New Hampshire.
There was no victor for the $348 million jackpot, making the top prize at the next drawing on Saturday an estimated $385 million.
New Hampshire Judge Charles Temple ruled last month that the woman may transfer the prize money into a trust she has set up, the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018, while he decides whether to allow her to remain anonymous. New Hampshire is one of the states that forces winners to reveal their names. The state is arguing that under the law, that means that her name is public information.
New Hampshire lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre said that the Powerball victor must abide by the disclosure laws "like any other", in February.
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The woman purchased the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, N.H., on January 6 and and Shaheen's law firm said the woman made a "huge mistake" when she signed her real name and hometown on the back of the ticket before seeking legal representation. "It adds a needed legitimacy to the game". "She believes that if we raise good children we will have a good country".