Aug. 8, 2013 – Minnesota Lottery officials have verified a ticket matching all six numbers in last night’s Powerball drawing, and Paul White, from Ham Lake, Minn., is the rightful owner of a third of last night’s $448 million Powerball jackpot.
While the Minnesota Lottery planned to announce White’s win in a press conference at 2 P.M., the Star Tribune was able to confirm his identity in a telephone interview with his step-daughter, who said “It’s been a whirlwind”.
The Lottery has not yet said whether White will take the annuity or the cash value for his share of the jackpot, which would be worth approximately $58.3 million after taxes. If White chooses the annuity, he’ll be entitled to the full $149.4 million, paid over the next 30 years.
The winning numbers in last night’s drawing were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and the Powerball was 32.
Two other tickets matching all six numbers were sold in New Jersey last night. Each of those tickets are also worth just under $150 million
The Minnesota Lottery said in a press release that White chose the $86 million cash option for his share of last night’s Powerball jackpot, which will amount to about $58.3 million after taxes.
White, a project engineer at the Minneapolis-based Elliott Contracting , told the lottery that he’s long dreamed of winning the Powerball jackpot, and that a phone call from his significant other, Kim, started the process of making the dream a reality and holding that oversized check.
He told reporters this afternoon that the dream almost didn’t come true.
White bought his winning ticket around 8:30 P.M. last night, just before the cutoff in Minnesota, after he’d forgotten to pick one up on his way home from work. Kim’s son wanted an excuse to drive his grandmother’s Ford Mustang, so White told him to drive him out to buy tickets.
In a press conference, White told reporters that he didn’t wait to claim his prize because he’s been “waiting for this day my entire life.”
He said the money would help his family and friends, and while he didn’t have any specific plans, he said “I’m not gonna be one of those people that says I’ll keep working. I’m not working for anyone else anymore, not gonna happen.”
White bought his ticket at Holiday, a store in Ham Lake. The retailer will receive a $50,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.