Paul White is the 45-year-old project engineer from Minnesota who just became $60 million richer (after taxes) thanks to a winning Powerball ticket. A group of 16 co-workers from New Jersey claimed another winning ticket, but their boss says they're still coming to work. NBC's Katy Tur reports.
The second winning ticket in the massive Powerball lottery jackpot will apparently be split 16 ways among a pool of New Jersey office workers. But don’t worry — they could still be millionaires several times over.
The 16 employees of Ocean County, N.J., pooled their cash and bought the winning ticket at a grocery store in the coastal town of Little Egg Harbor, a county official told NBC New York. Their boss said they’re still showing up for work.
State lottery officials were still verifying the ticket.
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A clerk sells lottery tickets Thursday at Stop & Shop in South Brunswick, N.J. The supermarket is where one of the three winning Powerball tickets was sold.
The Powerball jackpot Wednesday night was $448 million, and there were three winning tickets. That means each of the 16 workers would get a little more than $9 million before taxes if the group chose a 30-year annuity, or about $5 million before taxes if they chose a single payment.
Another winning ticket was sold at a Stop & Shop convenience store in South Brunswick, N.J., but there was no information about who bought it.
On Thursday, a suburban Minneapolis man was verified as the holder of a winning Powerball ticket. He chose the single payment and will be about $58 million richer after taxes.
That winner, Paul White, 45, a project engineer, said he had been mocked by his family for predicting he would one day win the lottery. He was even picked during a family game night as the man mostly likely to use the lottery as his long-term financial plan.
“I kind of thought I’d win someday,” he told reporters.
Among his planned purchases: An Acura. He said he had one in 1988 and loved the car.
White, who joked that his boss would end the day as his chauffeur, said his parents didn’t really need the help, but he said he was looking forward to telling them they could pick out the cars and houses of their choice.
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Paul White, of Ham Lake, Minn., accompanied by his girlfriend Kim VanRees, right, lets out a holler during a news conference after he was announced as one of the winners of the $448.4 million Powerball Jackpot on Thursday in Minneapolis.
He also said a sister in San Francisco who works with charity would have plans. He said he is a father of two teenagers and only plays Powerball once a month or so, or when the jackpot gets really big.
“I’m more of a scratch-off guy,” he said.
The New Jersey winners will have to come forward: Just as in Minnesota, state lottery rules prohibit them from remaining anonymous. They have a year to present themselves.
In the meantime, the stores that sold the winning tickets each get $30,000. Phil Weber, the director of the Little Egg Harbor grocery store, Acme Markets, said the store would donate $10,000 of it to local charities in the form of gift cards.
The winners beat odds of one in 175 million to pick the five correct numbers plus the Powerball.
Powerball tweaked its rules last year to make the jackpots bigger and the odds slightly better. The top four lottery prizes in U.S. history have all been in the past year and a half, including a record $656 million Mega Millions pot.
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This story was originally published on Fri Aug 9, 2013 8:50 AM EDT