Temple found there was "no evidence" the New Hampshire State Lottery Commission was engaged in fraudulent activity, noting the drawing takes place in Florida.
Judge Charles Temple is presiding over the bid by New Hampshire lotto victor "Jane Doe" to preserve her anonymity in Hillsborough Superior Court. He ruled, however, that her hometown can be released publicly.
"Her word to me was that she is ecstatic about the court's decision", said Gordon, who co-founded the high-powered Shaheen & Gordon law firm with Bill Shaheen, a former U.S. attorney in New Hampshire and husband of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
He also ruled in agreement with the woman's lawyers, stating she would "be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation and other unwanted communications" were her identity released.
However, Temple added that nothing in his order could be interpreted to prevent the lottery commission or its employees from "processing, maintaining, or accessing Ms. Doe's ticket in the normal course of business".
The victor sued the New Hampshire Lottery last month under the name of Jane Doe, in a bid to collect the winnings through a trust to protect her anonymity.
Billy Shaheen, a lawyer for the New Hampshire victor, who was described in court papers only as Jane Doe, said that his client was elated to hear the news. Following instructions from the New Hampshire Lottery Commission's website, Doe signed the back of her ticket with her name, phone number and address.
The woman could have remained anonymous had she established a trust, then had a trustee sign the ticket, the lawyers argued.
Commission executive director Charles McIntyre says the commission was "expecting a different outcome" Monday and believed the state had a strong argument.
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. As part of their bid to keep her name out of the news, Doe's attorneys created a trust to shield her identity and asked the commission not to identify her.
Doe accepted the massive prize through her attorneys last week and made several donations to charity - including $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 each to three New Hampshire chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.
The woman's lawyers argued her privacy interests outweigh what the state said is the public's right to know who won the money.