Temple found that the commission's argument that revealing her name to ensure the public she's a "bona fide" lottery participant and "real" victor was not persuasive, because a trustee claiming a prize on someone's behalf is certainly not a "bona fide" participant or a "real" victor.
In the end, the court sided with the woman, saying disclosing her name would amount to an invasion of privacy.
After Jane Doe realized she had won, the victor filled in the back of the ticket, then contacted lawyers who told her that a trustee of a trust could collect the prize and she could remain anonymous.
The woman's lawyers argued her privacy interests outweigh what the state said is the public's right to know who won the money in the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot. He cited how a past lottery victor received a bomb threat, how another had received nonstop phone calls and how several others had received requests from strangers who wanted handouts.
Temple found there was "no evidence" the New Hampshire State Lottery Commission was engaged in fraudulent activity, noting the drawing takes place in Florida. "That said, we will consult with the Attorney General's office to determine appropriate next steps regarding the case".
Representatives from the law firm accepted the woman's $352 million pre-tax winnings on her behalf last week and the money was held in a trust fund as both sides awaited the court's decision. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly.
Attorney Steven M. Gordon, who represented lottery victor "Jane Doe", holds up an annual report from the New Hampshire Lottery during a hearing in the Jane Doe v. NH Lottery Commission case at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Temple also wrote: "As discussed above, the Court has 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".
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". His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. 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 said she could not be identified by this bit of information and saw no reason to keep it secret.