Louise White is now $336 million dollars richer. White, a “vivacious” 81-year-old from Newport, Rhode Island, has stepped forward to claim the third largest Powerball lottery in history.
White said a few words at a news conference this morning but let her attorneys due the majority of the talking. White said:
“I want to say that I’m very happy and I’m very proud. This will make my family very happy. We are truly blessed. Thank you.”
The Associated Press reports that White chose to accept a lump payment of $210 million instead of the 30 annuity payments paid over 32-years. After a federal tax of about $52 million, and a state tax of about $14.7 million, White will have about $144 million from her Powerball lottery win.
White said that she almost didn’t get a chance to buy the ticket because she couldn’t get a ride to the store. If it wasn’t for a family member’ rainbow sherbet craving, White said that she would have never bought the ticket. White said:
“A family member wanted some rainbow sherbet to eat later, so they decided to go to the Stop N Shop. I had just finished making a sandwich and was asked if I wanted anything at the store and I said emphatically, ‘I can’t believe you asked me if I want you to get me something. NO, I don’t want you to get me something… I want to go with you!”
White said that she is going to pay tribute to her new favorite ice cream by depositing the funds into the Rainbow Sherbert Trust. White said:
“We’re excited, very blessed and will determine in the coming months how we’ll spend the money, but we know we’ll always have rainbow sherbet.”
How would you spend a $336 million Powerball jackpot?