PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS) – Louise White of Newport, Rhode Island came forward Tuesday as the winner of last month’s $336.4 million Powerball jackpot.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

Louise White is the 81-year-old mother of prominent Newport jazz musician LeRoy White, according to

“I am very happy, and I am very proud,” said White. “This will make my family very happy. We are truly blessed.”

White choose to take the lump sum payment of $210 million instead of taking the 30 annuity payments paid out over 29 years.

The check was paid out to a trust she named “The Rainbow Sherbert Trust,” representing the ice cream she purchased at the Stop & Shop supermarket on Bellevue Avenue in Newport the night she bought three Powerball quickpicks. One of them, of course, was the winning ticket.

White said she wrote down the results of the Feb. 11 drawing as they were announced on TV (1-10-37-52-57, and the Powerball was 11), and double-checked the numbers with family members online.

“We hugged each other and jumped up and down screaming! Then I was told to, ‘sign it quick!'” White said, in a statement. “We hid the ticket in the Bible and went for breakfast on Sunday since we couldn’t do
anything with it.”

louisewhite2 81 Year Old RI Woman Wins $336 Million Powerball Jackpot

Powerball winner Louise White (Photo Credit: Kim Tunnicliffe)

She added that with her winnings, she will take care of her large family and may take a vacation.

This is the largest jackpot ever won in Rhode Island, and third largest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee was in attendance for the news conference.

Comments (16)
  1. gramps says:

    America’s ‘newest’ REPUBLICAN!


  2. S. Palpatine says:

    there was a line just like this in that Alannis Morrisette song “Ironic”!

  3. Emmit066 says:

    Smart idea placing it into a trust. That way the money is there for some time to come so long as it’s looked over carefully.

  4. Denise says:

    good for her! wish it was me… but good for her! LOL

  5. Italo says:

    I’m glad to hear this story. Lately, we all hear so many stories about elders, in and out of the news, living their whole lives only to result in disease, accidents, poverty, nursing home transfer, or something else unpleasant in their later years. It’s nice this woman had this blessing happen to her life, so that she can turn around and help her loved ones around her, from what the article states she communicated. One of the best things in the USA–not a bad system where for just literally dollars, you could turn around and a receive a prize that is an extremely generous benefit due to being the winner! Kudos to her!

  6. Rob Cleary says:

    How long before the savages in her extended family turn on her.Bling is King for these social misfits. I don’t give her six months.

  7. Willow says:

    Congratulations to this woman. I’m sure it will be a blessing and whatever she does with it is her personal business. I’m sure she knows many people she will want to help besides her family.

    1. tsal says:

      Nicely said and absolutely true, Willow.

  8. 1stackmack says:

    good thing she took the lump sum ha.

  9. terrell says:

    i think the media put too much info out there, congratulations god bless you and your family……………………..

  10. jessica says:

    yes deffintly she deseves it god bless her wish it was me tho i can buy a new house thats alot of money she must be so happy

  11. Maxi Bell says:

    So wonderful hearing some GOOD NEWS! Congratulations Louise White. I hope your win makes it much more comfortable for you in your senior years! All too often the media reports sad news about seniors.
    (An example is what occurs in nursing homes and hospitals by those we are suppose to be able to trust)
    God Bless you Mrs White and may this be your ‘safty net’!

    1. tsal says:

      And the lack of help that seniors have when they want to remain in their homes.

  12. Ed Keenan says:

    AND is STILL on WELFARE…………….where is MARCHS’ check?…………………………90% of the money will be gone in 3 years with 8,792 relatives in RI alone

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