Judge OKs expedited hearing for lottery winner ‘Jane Doe’

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge Thursday granted the region’s newest multi-millionaire her request to go to court sooner than later in her attempt to retain her anonyminity.

Attorneys for the winner – a female so far known only as “Jane Doe” – filed a motion several days ago in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, asking Judge Charles Temple to move the hearing date up to Feb. 13, a week earlier than the original date.

“Timing is of the essence,” Manchester Attorney Steven Gordon wrote in his motion, noting that his client is “losing about $14,000 per day in interest,” because she needs to wait until after the hearing to present the ticket to the state Lottery Commission and collect her winnings.

The hearing is scheduled to

begin at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3 at Superior Court in Nashua.

Assistant Attorney General John Conforti, who is representing the Lottery Commission, said this week he plans to file documents in court “stating our position” on the matter.

The Commission assented to Doe’s motion for the earlier hearing date, court documents state.

The case, which has drawn the attention of media outlets nationwide, stems from Doe’s wish to retain her anonyminity – which she gave up when she signed her ticket with her name, rather than the name of a trust.

She made what Gordon called “a huge mistake” by unknowingly signing the ticket, shortly after she won roughly $560 million in the Jan. 6 Powerball drawing.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Doe is believed to be a Merrimack resident. She bought the ticket at Reeds Ferry Market at 601 Daniel Webster Highway, which received a $75,000 prize for selling the winning ticket.

Gordon, in his motion, describes her as a “longtime resident of New Hampshire” who is “an engaged community member … who wishes to continue” her community involvement without the glare of the spotlight.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.