Louise White, 81, of Rhode Island, claimed the $336.4 million Powerball jackpot from last month. A family representative said she slept with the winning ticket jackpot, the sixth-largest U.S. lottery prize on record, in her Bible before coming forward to claim it.
I want to say that I'm very happy and I'm very proud, White said Tuesday, as reported by Lottery Post. This will make my family very happy. We are truly blessed. Thank you.
White spoke at a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Cranston. She then headed for her new team of attorneys, the Lottery Post reported. One of them, Jason Kurland, described White as vivacious as any octogenarian.
The 81-year-old woman is a regular lottery player and she bought the winning ticket at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport, her attorneys told the media. She had stopped there for rainbow sherbet and the ticket is being claimed in the name of the Rainbow Sherbet Trust.
Rhode Island lottery officials told The Associated Press that the winning ticket was among three tickets with random numbers bought on a $9 wager. The winning numbers from the Feb. 11 drawing were 1-10-37-52-57. The Powerball was 11.
Lottery Post reported that the $336.4 million is the third-largest Powerball lottery in the history of the game. White has chosen to accept the lump sum payment of $210 million, instead of 30 annuity payments paid out over 29 years, Lottery Post reported. She will also pay about $52.5 million in federal taxes and $14.7 million in state taxes.
According to The AP, the top lottery jackpot in U.S. history was a $390 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2007.
Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The AP reported that the chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.