Em'power'ing Kids to Learn: $559.7M Lottery Winner Donates More Than $200,000
CONCORD — The anonymous New Hampshire Powerball winner claimed her $559.7 million prize and donated a portion to charity.
On Wednesday at the New Hampshire Lottery headquarters in Concord, the winner of millions of dollars announced that she will donate a combined $250,000 to Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.
The $559.7 million prize is the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winner was offered two choices of how to receive her money: she could take a lump-sum cash payment of approximately $352 million or an annuity payment over 30 years. She opted for the one-time payment, which scored her a netted $264 million after federal taxes were withheld.
Executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Charlie McIntyre said, "While we don't know the winner's identity, we do know her heart is in the right place."
The winner donated $150,000 to Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and $33,000 to each of the End 68 Hours of Hunger branches in Nashua, Dover, and Derry.
Serving as the trustee, William Shaheen of Shaheen & Gordon, made the announcement on behalf of the winner and said that she "believes children are the future and that if we raise good children we will have a good country."
Shaheen also said the winner chose Girls Inc. and End 68 Hours of Hunger because "she knows that children cannot learn if they're hungry, they cannot learn if they're cold and not safe."
"She just changed lives and made such a difference for the girls in New Hampshire," said Girls Inc. chief operating officer Jen Indeglia, "We'll make sure this goes a long way."
Coordinators for End 68 Hours of Hunger in Derry, Courtney Cashman and Melissa Caroline, said they were in tears, overjoyed and "so thankful" when they found out the foundation was receiving $33,000.
End 68 Hours of Hunger provides food for children in their community during the 68 hours over the weekend when kids may not have access to food, unlike during the week when they're at school.
"Something like this is just going to make a tremendous difference," Cashman said. "I don't know if the lottery winner will ever see the difference, but the community will feel it in really real and tangible way."
Her lawyers said the donations are the first of the winner's plan to give $25 million to $50 million to charities during her lifetime.
Regarding the winner's anonymity, the court is still deciding on whether she should be allowed the luxury. Shaheen said that if the court rules against their plea, they will repeal the case.