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Powerball winner hails from Ham Lake

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Paul White’s siblings joke that their brother’s financial plan consists of playing the lottery.

He plays scratch-off games regularly and springs for a Powerball ticket about once a month.

Turns out it was a plan that paid.

Standing in khaki pants and a short-sleeve blue collared shirt, White accepted a giant check for $149.4 million Thursday at the Minnesota State Lottery administrative offices in Roseville.

The 45-year-old Ham Lake man was one of three people to score a winning ticket and share in the $448.4 million jackpot. The other two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey.

“They thought it was funny then, but who’s right now?” White joked about his siblings at a news conference at the lottery offices.

“I have been waiting for this day my entire life.”

White bought the ticket at the last minute at a Holiday Station in Ham Lake after his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son asked to take a spin in his visiting grandmother’s Ford Mustang.

He plopped down $10 for five quick-pick numbers and didn’t think about it again until girlfriend Kim Van Reese called him at work the next morning.

“Kim called … and said, ‘Are you a millionaire yet?’ ” said White, a project engineer at Elliot Contracting in Minneapolis.

The couple read his winning numbers together over the phone.

“I said, ‘I’ll have to call you back,’ and went ‘wahoo’ and started running around the office,” White said.

“It’s crazy,” added the divorced dad of a 16-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. “I feel this pressure off my shoulder that you carry every day. I have two kids. Will I be able to pay for them to go to college? Will I be able to take care of them if they have health issues? All of these things, gone. You don’t have to worry about them again.”

White and Van Reese, also 45, have been together for about 4 1/2 years. He kept his arm wrapped tightly around her at the news conference.

White opted to take the cash option, which, after taxes, amounts to $58.3 million, said Ed Van Petten, Minnesota’s lottery director.

He will receive the money in about two weeks.

“I hope it doesn’t change us a lot,” Van Reese said of the money. “It will give us more conveniences, but big picture, we have to stay grounded.”

One major change is already in the works, though. White put in his two weeks’ notice at work Thursday: He has no plans to work for anyone other than himself anymore.

Plans for the money are uncertain, White said, adding that he’d like to use some to help his family and possibly various charities.

And he wants to have fun.

He has his eye on an Acura Integra he recently spotted on Craiglist and said he’d love to find his dad a replica of the first car the 80-year-old ever owned — a 1963 Chevrolet Impala.

“Imagine what it’s like to go say (to your parents), ‘Go pick out your own car, your own house, whatever it is you want.’ … It’s amazing to have that opportunity,” White said.

White’s boss, Ron Bowen, who sat near him at the news conference, said he was thrilled for his employee, even though White still made him pick up the tab for that day’s lunch.

“I told him that’s the last lunch I’m buying,” Bowen said, adding that White deserved the win.

“He has a great heart, and it really couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” Bowen said. “He helps everybody out. He works his tail off. I think there will be a lot of good that comes out of this for a lot of people.”

White is Minnesota’s 22nd Powerball jackpot winner since Powerball began in 1992. The state record was a ticket sold in 2011 to Thomas and Kathleen Morris of Burnsville, who chose the $123.6 million cash option.

Employees at the state lottery office offer the same advice every time, Van Petten said.

“The only advice we offer at all is that they need to get advice,” he said.

White said he is in the process of securing a financial adviser.

As far as future lottery dabbling, White said that’s likely behind him.

“I’m hoping I’ll be so busy doing other things; and really, playing the lottery, though I like the challenge, was always a matter of ‘can you get lucky and change your life?’ and that has happened,” he said.

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A Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward – Or Does He?

Suffice to say, there’s a pretty good chance that nobody reading this article became a multi-millionaire since yesterday. We now know that there were two winners of the Mega Millions. One of them supposedly came forward today. But if you dig a little more into the story, it gets a little shady.

A man by the name of Paul Horner was apparently the Mega Millions winner from San Jose, CA and, in an “exclusive interview”, he said how he planned to spend the money:

I like collecting baby clothes or little people clothes. If the shirt is tiny I just really love it, the tinier the better,” Horner said. “Now that I have all this money I know I’m going to be buying so many really small wardrobes. I’ll probably go on a lot of little clothes shopping sprees. There’s a tiny person clothes store right by my house, I’ll be there for sure.”

Wait a second, can this guy be for real?

The answer is no. No, he is not for real.

The first thing that made me suspicious, besides the ridiculous way that he said he’d spend the hundreds of millions, was the fact that I’d never heard of the website “PRLOG” before. It turns out that it’s a website where you can write your own press releases.

That’s right – anybody can write a “press release” about anything they want.

Want people to think that you single handedly saved an out of control bus full of nuns and orphans? Go ahead and submit your press release through PRLOG!

The next thing that raised my BS radar was the fact that when I Googled “Paul Horner Mega Millions” the only results were from similarly sketchy self-reporting “news” sites, and then this popped up dated November 30, 2012:

Yup, this isn’t “Paul Horner’s” first time pulling our chains about winning an epic lotto prize.

Obviously this is just the latest example of why you shouldn’t believe everything that you read online. In the meantime, 99.99% of us will continue to dream about what we’d do with a couple hundred million dollars.

Suffice to say, there’s a pretty good chance that nobody reading this article became a multi-millionaire since yesterday. We now know that there were two winners of the Mega Millions. One of them supposedly came forward today. But if you dig a little more into the story, it gets a little shady.

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