The world's biggest lottery jackpot of $1.58 billion has been won by three players. The first winner made a public appearance in Tennessee.
Last week pretty much all Americans played the Powerball lottery. The record jackpot in the Jan. 13 drawing was $1.58 billion. The Powerball tickets with the jackpot-winning numbers have been sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.
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Yesterday the Tennessee winner of the record jackpot came forward. The Tennessee winners of one-third of the historic, world record-breaking Powerball jackpot of $1.58 billion are Lisa and John Robinson of Munford.
The couple, in their 50s, was not shy to tell the world. They appeared on the Today Show before visiting the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim their share of the win: $528.8 million.
The Robinsons did though opt for the lump sum of $327,835,000 and not for the annuity payment that would have gotten them the full $528.8 million.
"I am a little overwhelmed and excited," Lisa Robinson said during the afternoon press conference. “We just wanted a little piece of the pie, but instead we got a big piece!”
According to ABC News, the couple plans to stay in their jobs. Just why? I understand that when you keep your lottery win secret, but now everybody knows that they sit on over $327 million. The first thing they want to do is to pay off the student loans of their daughter. Let's give them some time to realize that $327 million is giving them unlimited options.
You can buy a greek island with a castle on it with lots of servants and there will be still cash left for charity.
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The two other winners of the $1.58 billion jackpot in Florida and California have not yet come forward.