Press Release
 
 

Louise White/The Rainbow Sherbert Trust

February 11, 2012

Rhode Island



$336.4 Million PowerBall® Jackpot Claimed
The 3rd largest PowerBall® jackpot in the history of the game, $336.4 million, and the largest jackpot ever won in Rhode Island, has been claimed. Louise White of Newport, RI, has claimed the winning ticket in the name of The Rainbow Sherbert Trust.

The winner has elected to take the cash option, so she will receive the lump sum payment of a record $210 million, the highest cash option payout ever for PowerBall®. The winning ticket was sold from Stop & Shop at 250 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. It was a $9 wager with three Quick Pick numbers on it and the PowerPlay® option selected. The winning numbers for the February 11 drawing was 1, 10, 37, 52, 57, and the PowerBall® number was 11.

Winning the Lottery - Louis White's Story

It was Saturday and I wanted to buy a Powerball ticket. I was supposed to be going to the store and had made a list, but the person taking me was working all day at home and couldn't' get away. So we decided to go in the morning. It was on my mind to buy Powerball tickets, nobody was thinking that I had to go tonight to get them for that evening's drawing.

Then around 7 a family member wanted some rainbow sherbert 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!"

And although I was told there was no hurry and I should finish eating, I said we needed to go now!

When we arrived at the Stop N Shop I went to the ticket counter and asked if I could had time to buy a Powerball ticket. The gal behind the counter said yes, you have until the store closes.

I asked for 3 quick picks with the Powerplay.

Later that evening I was at home listening to the news while the family enjoyed the rainbow sherbert. I heard the drawing and roughly wrote down the numbers as they were called out, but missed some so I waited until they said it again in about 10 minutes and wrote them all down. I didn't immediately look at my ticket.

I decided later to check my ticket, "I got that one, I got that one, I got that one" and yelled "Is anybody awake - I want you to come look at something." I handed over the Powerball numbers that I had written down and then my ticket. We checked each number and they were the same. But we weren't sure I had written them down right so I said "let's check the computer," so we ran tothe computer and went to RILOT.com and the numbers were the same.

We still didn't believe it, so we turned off the computer and turned it back on and went back to the Web site and my numbers were still there.

We hugged each other and jumped up and down screaming!! Then I was told to "Sign it quick!!"

We hid the ticket in the Bible and went for breakfast on Sunday since we couldn't do anything with it. But we did carry the Bible with us for safe keeping. It was unbelievable. None of us can believe it yet.

We're excited, very blessed and will determine in the coming mother how we'll spend the money, but we know we'll always have rainbow sherbert.

 

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