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The Biggest Jackpot Ever!

Posted: Saturday, Jul 27,2019 | Time: 06:12 am | Edited by: The Lottery Lab Staff


Powerball holds the record for the biggest jackpot ever. In January 2016, the lottery world was buzzing with anticipation when the US Powerball lottery rolled over to an unprecedented $1.58 billion jackpot. It was the first lottery that reached that amount and is still the biggest jackpot in history. After 19 drawings, a winner was finally drawn on January 13, 2016. There were three lottery tickets that managed to get all six numbers correct- 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, and 10 for the Powerball. So, who are the winners and what they are doing for now?

John and Lisa Robinson from Tennessee


John and Lisa Robinson

This couple from Tennessee was the first one to claim their big prize. In fact, before going to lottery officials, they appeared on NBC’s TODAY show as guests. This couple bought 4 Powerball lottery tickets and one of those was the winning ticket. Their prize is worth roughly $533 million and they took the lump sum cash worth $327.8 million. They opted for the lump sum cash and said, “We’re not guaranteed tomorrow.” John also said that it was a wrong move to appear on TV and reveal their identity but they were naive and they would advise against it. Lisa decided to keep her job.

Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt from Florida


Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt

This married couple from Florida couldn’t believe that they had won. The wife, Maureen was the first one to realize that they are the big winners and told her husband who thought she was just messing around. They said that they currently have no future plans, they just going to retire and getting a massage. They opted for lump sum cash and set up a trust named the Nickel 95 to manage their windfall!

Marvin and Mae Acosta from California

Marvin and Mae Acosta from California took the longest to claim their winnings. They stayed anonymous for about 6 months before coming forward. They said that everyone was buying lottery tickets so they bought one too. They expected to win some lower-tier cash prize or something but they never expected a win this huge! It was too much for them to process. Therefore, they took their time before coming forward and claiming their winnings. They hired a legal team and set up a trust. Their spending was already planned and they refused to reveal details. But they did mention good work and charity!

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