A New Jersey family of eight have been revealed as the winners of the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot. The Smith family picked the winning numbers – 5, 25, 26, 44 and 66 and the powerball number 9 from a dream after Pearlie Mae Smith (the mother) purchased two tickets for $6 at the 7-Eleven in Trenton, NJ.
“We had divine intervention.” “That’s the only way you can explain how the numbers were chosen. It was through a dream,” said Valerie Arthur the oldest daughter and recently retired prison administrator.
The Smith family may just be the luckiest family in New Jersey after claiming one of the largest Powerball Jackpots to date. They have opted for the cash option rather than installments. After taxes and fees, they will receive a lump sum of $284 million. This breaks down to about $35 million each when it’s split evenly among them.
After consulting with lawyers on how to handle the money wisely, the Smith family came forward to reveal they held the winning ticket in a press conference on Friday, May 13th. Speaking on behalf of the family, the eldest daughter Valerie exclaimed, “It was a big shock. It was a bigger shock when we learned we were the only ticket holder.”
“Friday the 13th is now a blessed day,” Arthur said. “Anything can happen in Jersey.”
The family have a variety of plans to spend the cash on including paying off student loans and mortgages, but they will not be spending it on flashy cars. They plan on primarily spending the $284 million on their family and improving their community.
The current Powerball prize is $50 million and the next winning numbers will be announced on May 14.