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August 8, 2013

Minn. dad claims third of $448M Powerball jackpot

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"I hope I'm yesterday's news as soon as possible," he said.

White said he is divorced and has a 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter. He said he always worried about taking care of his children's college and medical costs, and was happy to leave those worries behind. "All those things gone, period. You don't have to worry about that again."

White works for a Minneapolis electrical contractor that had worked on major projects around the area including the Twins' Target Field and the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. White said his working days "are over," although he said he planned to help his boss, Ron Bowen, finish some projects before quitting. Referring to Bowen, who was sitting nearby, he quipped: "He started the day my boss. He's going to end the day my chauffeur."

The New Jersey tickets included one sold in a supermarket in a Little Egg Harbor, N.J., a coastal community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last year.

"Hopefully, it's somebody who lives in the area, and this is their reward for having gone through this," said Carol Blackford, a retiree whose home in Little Egg Harbor was flooded with knee-high water during Sandy last October. "And if they want to share, we're here."

But even if the winner wasn't someone devastated by the storm, the community will benefit from the jackpot.

Phil Weber, director of the Acme Markets store where the winning ticket was sold, said Thursday that the store would donate $10,000 in gift cards to local charities. Weber said some of the store's employees are still out of their homes more than nine months after the storm. The store itself has been making donations since Sandy, Weber said.

He said he has not learned yet what the store's share will be.

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