Meet the Newest Powerball Winner
45 year old Paul White never gave up on his dream of winning the Lottery one day. His family laughed and made fun, but today Paul can steal a lyric from Toby Keith, “How Do You Like Me Now?", because Thursday he turned in his winning Powerball ticket, just one day after becoming one of three winners of the $448 million Powerball jackpot, Paul took the cash option so he gets 58 million after taxes.
Paul is (was) a project engineer from Ham Lake, Minn. White said his family often gave him a hard time for frequently playing the lottery, and he had a tough time convincing many of them that he had finally won. "The only person who didn't feel I was BSing them was my mother," a beaming White said at a news conference where he was joined by his girlfriend, brother and two colleagues.
White said he is divorced and has a 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter. He said his days working for a Minneapolis electrical contractor "are over," although he said he planned to help his boss, Ron Bowen, finish some projects before quitting.
Sixteen workers from a county garage in a New Jersey coastal community reportedly have one of the other three winning tickets. They have not collected their winnings yet.
That ticket came from an Acme Markets store in a Little Egg Harbor, which was hit hard by Super Storm Sandy last year. Phil Weber, the supermarket's director, said Thursday that the store would donate $10,000 in gift cards to local charities. Weber said some of the store's employees are still out of their homes more than nine months after the storm. The store itself has been making donations since Sandy, Weber said.
No word on the who holds the third winning ticket also sold in New Jersey
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32. Each winning ticket was worth $86 million before taxes, or $58.3 million after taxes, if taken in a lump sum. They are worth $149.4 million over 30 years if the winners chose the annuity option.