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I wish I was Louise White’s granddaughter right now. The 81-year-old Rhode Island resident just became the winner of the third largest Powerball Prize in the history of the game: $336 million.
Considering Louise is already up in years, she opted to take a lump sum of money, which reduces her winnings to $210 million. Another $52.5 million will come out in federal taxes and $14.7 million for the state, which still leaves her an amount of money most people will never see in their lifetime. Louise has already got in touch with the proper financial council and set up a fund to place her winnings in too—the Rainbow Sherbert Trust, named after the dessert that she purchased last month while buying the lottery ticket.
Louise was slow to check whether she was the winner of the enormous Powerball when the winning numbers were announced Feb. 11. Although she listened to the news and copied down the winning numbers that evening, she didn’t check her tickets until much later. When she realized she had the matching numbers, she yelled, “Is anybody awake? I want you to come look at something.”
She wrote in a statement that was handed out at a news conference that she and her family were in disbelief and checked the lottery website multiple times, restarted the computer, and checked it again.
“We hugged each other and jumped up and down screaming!!,” she wrote. “Then I was told to ‘Sign it quick!!’”
Louise kept the ticket in her Bible, which she slept with, until she was able to put the ticket in a safe deposit box in the bank. Money in hand, now the family has the “difficult” job of deciding how to spend it.
“We’re excited, very blessed and will determine in the coming months how we’ll spend the money,” Louise wrote, “but we know we’ll always have rainbow sherbert.”
Good for her.
Do you play the lottery? What’s the most you’ve ever won?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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That darn Meryl! She makes it so hard not to love her even though I really wanted Viola Davis to win on Sunday. According to Reuters, the morning after the Academy Awards in which Streep took home the award for Best Actress for her work in The Iron Lady, beating out Davis for her work in The Help, the winning actress decided to write a check of $10,000 to a struggling Rhode Island school in honor of her friend. Davis grew up in Central Fall, Rhode Island and was working to help the bankrupt town get back on its feet. Knowing Davis’ efforts to help her community get up and running again, Streep’s check arrived the Segue Institute for Learning on Monday morning, a school in the area facing closure. According to Reuters, the school is ecstatic about the donation:
“We’ve just been screaming from the rooftops,” said Angelo Garcia, founder and director of operations at the school. “We’re excited Meryl Streep has gotten the ball rolling for us, but we recognize there’s a long road ahead of us,” he said.
The money she sent will hopefully be used to help renovate the school and it’s accompanying community center. Allegedly Davis had discussed the school with Streep in the past, and the legendary actress wanted to have her charity, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, send a check and help out.
Who knows if this was something Streep already planned for her good friend (the two worked together and became homeskillets while filming Doubt), or if she felt a certain way about winning the Oscar over Davis and wanted to show love. Can’t question a person’s reasons for giving, because either way, something wonderful and charitable came out of it! Nice.
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