Paul White is Minnesota Powerball jackpot winner

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. (KARE) - A Ham Lake, Minnesota man says he "ran around his office screaming" after finding out he held one of three winning tickets from Wednesday night's $448 million lottery jackpot.

The Minnesota State Lottery held a 2 p.m. news conference to announce that Paul White from Ham Lake was the Minnesota winner. 

Paul White said he's imagined winning the lottery "so many times in my head."

White, a father of two, is a project engineer at Elliott Contracting in Minneapolis.  He told our sister station KARE 11 that he bought five lottery tickets Wednesday night.

"I remembered the Powerball last night so I went and bought five," said White. He bought the tickets at a Holiday gas station in Ham Lake.

White checked his tickets Thursday morning and realized he was one of the three winners of the $448 million jackpot. He says "it's a whirlwind" and that he's thinking of his family first.

"We're taking our items in order, lot of work to do, but it's very exciting," he said.

Two other jackpot-winning tickets were sold in New Jersey.  Back here in Florida, four people won $1 million Powerball prizes.

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