Engineer revealed as US Powerball lottery winner
By David Bailey ,ReutersMINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota engineer was introduced on Thursday as one of three winners of a US$448 million Powerball lottery, and said he was so excited to discover he had a lucky ticket that he ran around the office at a Minneapolis contracting firm where he works.
August 10, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“It's crazy, I've got to tell you,” said Paul White, 45, a divorced father of a 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.
White said he learned on Thursday morning at Elliott Contracting in Minneapolis, where he works as a project engineer, that he had a winning ticket. He jumped up and ran around the office, and asked several people to look at the ticket to verify the Powerball number of 32 and numbers 5-25-30-58-59.
He then went to the Minnesota Lottery office where he chose to take a cash payment of US$86 million, or US$58.3 million after taxes, from his US$149 million share of the total jackpot.
“I have been waiting for this moment all my life,” White said after being asked why he had come forward so quickly.
White said he had imagined winning the lottery “so many times in my head.” He was joined on Thursday by Kim VanReese, 45, his partner of about 4-1/2 years, Ron Bowen, his boss at Elliott, and Bowen's wife, Nancy Bowen, who works at Elliott.
“He started the day my boss. He's going to end the day my chauffeur,” White said, joking.
White, who said he had been looking at a used Acura NSX sports car before the jackpot, said he would not leave his employer in a lurch but added: “I don't want to work for anybody else for the rest of my life, I mean that for a paycheck.”
The odds of winning the jackpot were about one in 175 million.
Asked if he was disappointed that he was splitting the jackpot three ways, White joked, “I think I can get by on it. We will see.”