It’s every mom’s dream come true – winning a gigantic US Powerball jackpot and instantly making all her children millionaires!
Pearlie Mae Smith, 70 and her seven children came forward on Friday 13th May, 2016 to claim the $429.6 million lotto jackpot.
The winning lotto numbers were: 5 – 25 – 26 – 44 - 66, and the Powerball number was 9.
"Wow. That's what it's like," Pearlie Mae Smith, 70, said at a news conference at state lottery headquarters with her children. "I'm still trying to figure out what it's like."
Pearlie Mae Smith chose the lump sum pay-out of $284 million at the time of purchasing the winning lotto ticket at a 7-Eleven in Trenton. Once split between herself and her seven children, they should each receive $35 million to spend wisely and make their dreams come true.
The family thankfully have hired lawyers and took their time before coming forward. They wanted to ensure that they knew exactly how to handle the huge lottery windfall.
When Pearlie Smith bought her winning lottery ticket she, instead of buying a Quickpick (automatically generated lotto entry) she played a set of lotto numbers selected by herself. She said the winning numbers were chosen "through a dream - divine intervention"
Her daughter and spokesperson, Valerie Arthur, said at the lottery conference announcing the latest Powerball winners "We each have dreams that we want to fulfil in this life and do for our community and do for each other and our families, and it was like, well, we have been funded to do that."
Plans for the $429.6 million lottery win
When asked what they plan to do with the massive lotto jackpot win, they said they have plans to tithe to their church, go on a family vacation and help their community.
The siblings who were all seated in front of reporters and cameras at the news conference said they don't plan to quit their jobs and that they still had not informed their employers about the huge jackpot win.
Katherine Nunnally, another of Pearlie Mae’s daughters, said she works in education where they help girls who are at risk to get in touch with powerful woman role models. Now with the help of the Powerball lotto winnings, she now has the money to do it herself and assist them in getting life changing internships.
Pearlie Mae’s son, Steven Smith said he now has the funds to go into business himself.
Pearlie Mae Smith’s daughter, Valerie, retired after 27 years as a state corrections administrator and said she expected "in about an hour from now everyone we know will come out of the woodwork."
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