ROSEVILLE, Minn. - It is clear Paul White is celebrating his big pay day.
"Imagine what it's like to say go pick out your car, your house whatever it is you want," said White, of Ham Lake.
White will split the $448.4 million jackpot with two other winners that bought tickets in New Jersey. White won $149.4 million, but took the lump sum, which is $86 million.
But he isn't the only one who should be celebrating, according to the Minnesota State Lottery.
Executive Director Ed Van Petten tells KARE 11 the state lottery handed over $135 million to the State of Minnesota last fiscal year.
For every dollar people spend playing the Minnesota lottery, 62 cents go to prizes. About 14 cents go to other expenses, like administration costs and vendor expenses. 24 cents go to state programs, like the General Fund and the Game and Fish Fund.
But when the state sees a big jackpot, Minnesota's Department of Revenue will collect 7.25 percent of that paycheck.
"So $6 million additional we weren't planning on yesterday," said Van Petten.
25 percent goes to the federal government or in White's case, about $21 million.
After taxes, White will get nearly $60 million. He told reporters he expects the check in two weeks.
"It's just amazing to me; it's just amazing," he said.
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