Powerball winners come forward
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — He’s a heavy equipment operator. She works at an agricultural research institute. And if Paul and Sue Rosenau keep their word, things won’t change dramatically — despite winning Saturday’s $180.1 million Powerball jackpot.
Paul Rosenau even thinks he’ll keep mowing his own lawn.
The Waseca couple humbly accepted a ceremonial check on Tuesday for the prize, which they’ll take in a lump sum for a total of $59.6 million after taxes.
“We realize that money is probably not as important as friendship and helping others. And that’s what we hope to do with it,” Paul Rosenau said with tears in his eyes. The room full of Minnesota State Lottery employees attending the news conference applauded.
Rosenau, 54, also said he believes “divine intervention” had something to do with the matching numbers, which he discovered Sunday while watching the news on TV.
The win — Minnesota’s largest Powerball jackpot prize ever — came on the fifth anniversary of the death of the Rosenaus’ granddaughter, Makayla. The 2-year-old had suffered from Krabbe disease, a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system.
“It’s very emotional to know that there’s a reason for this,” Sue Rosenau said, adding that the family has already been involved in efforts to make a Krabbe test a part of routine newborn screenings.
Published in The Messenger 5.7.08