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UPDATE: Newport Woman is $336.4 Million Powerball Winner

Louise White, 81, has won the third largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Louise White, 81, has officially been announced as the winner of the $336.4 million Powerball, Rhode Island Lottery officials announced Tuesday morning.

The jackpot is the third largest in Powerball history, thanks in part to the lottery from one dollar to two dollars last January, and will has been claimed in the name of the Rainbow Sherbet Trust.

The winning ticket wason Bellevue Avenue in Newport. In the weeks that followed the Feb. 13 announcement that the winning ticket had been sold in Newport, rumors swirled that the winner could be anyone from a Salve Regina University student, a group of workers or ' Sid Abruzzi.

White opted for the lump sum payout, and will receive the lump sum payment of $210 million, which is the highest cash option payout in the history of Powerball, a press release from Rhode Island Lottery stated. 

The winning numbers were 1-10-37-52-57 and Powerball number 11.

In a  from Feb. 22, 65 percent of readers said they thought the winner was waiting for the frenzy to die down before coming forward to claim his or her millions.  

The state of Rhode Island will also benefit from the win, and will receive an estimated lump sum tax payment of $14.7 million.

This story was updated at 1:20 p.m 

Jane Wolk Wheeler March 06, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Hooray! I am so happy to hear this! Great people! Ralph and Paul, showing your own missing links and quite the "loser and frickin scumbag-like" decision making, to taint the White's wonderful story with your personal feelings about the governor. Why don't you save it for the appropriate forum next time. And Christian, because someone mentions the Abruzzis you feel the need to dis Sid here? Please behave like adults.
Chip Leakas March 06, 2012 at 11:25 PM
This is definitely the "jackpot" at the end of the "rainbow" (sherbet)!
Jane Wolk Wheeler March 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Chip, thank you for your correct spelling of sherbet!!! (See the check in the photo-Yes, perhaps we do need more money for public schools!)
MkM March 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Very happy that a local hard working family won the jackpot best wishes and God bless!!!
John M March 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
So good to see the smile on Mrs.White face,,now she can forfill some dreams,that we all have in our hearts,helping her family.God bless Mrs.White and enjoy every single day of your happiness.

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