Powerball jackpot: Louise White, 81 of Rhode Island wins $336 million (VIDEO)


An 81-year-old Rhode Island woman is the winner of the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the game's history at a cool $336.4 million.

Louise White, of Newport, RI, came forward Tuesday morning and accepted the money on behalf of the Rainbow Sherbert Trust, The Associated Press reported.

"I wanted to say that I am very happy and I'm very proud and this will make my family very happy. We are truly blessed, thank you," White said in a news conference as reported by Providence TV station WPRI.

Her attorneys said she was a regular lottery player who bought the winning ticket at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport where she had stopped for rainbow sherbet, CBS News reported

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

In the statement, White said she later checked her ticket and discovered she got the numbers correct, then went online to confirm them.

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"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," she said in the statement. "We hugged each other and jumped up and down screaming!! Then I was told to 'Sign it quick!!'"

White said she kept the winning ticket in a Bible after she realized she won, according to CBS News.

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