The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets since joining the game in 2002 and two jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket since joining the game in 2010.
A Powerball victor is allowed to stay anonymous while collecting her $560 million jackpot, a New Hampshire judge ruled on Monday.
In the end, the court sided with the woman, saying disclosing her name would amount to an invasion of privacy. He did rule, however, that the woman's hometown can be publicly released, as it was "highly unlikely" that the woman could be identified as the victor exclusively based on her hometown.
According to Doe's civil complaint, she visited the commission's website after learning she won and followed the agency's instructions for redeeming her prize, signing the back of the ticket and printing her address and phone number.
He decided that she could keep her identity private but her home town could be revealed - Merrimack, about 25 miles south of Concord.
"Although the Commission seemingly contends that these are isolated examples, there is evidence suggesting that Ms. Doe would also be subject to similar unwanted communication", Temple wrote.
"If I told you she was ecstatic it would be an understatement", Shaheen said in an email to CNNMoney.
The state had argued names of lottery winners must be disclosed publicly to ensure they are distributed properly and that winners hold no relation to lottery employees.
Shaheen's law firm, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., said the woman made a "huge mistake" signing her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting them or placing the money in a trust fund that would have allowed her to stay anonymous.
In the resolution, Temple called that argument "weak" because a trustee claiming a prize on behalf of an anonymous individual is certainly not a "bona fide" participant and is not the "real" victor of the prize. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018.
"While we were expecting a different outcome and believed the State had a strong argument, we respect the court's decision", McIntyre said.
The commission says it will consult with the attorney general's office to determine what to do next regarding the case.
Maura McCann, a spokeswoman for the Lottery Commission, said in an e-mail that the state couldn't release Doe's hometown Monday, since "the ruling is not yet a final decision, still subject to final review and appeal".
She had already received her after-tax winnings of US$264 million while the judge mulled her claim to privacy.
Doe has pledged to donate around $25 million to $50 million of the largess to charity over time.