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Tennessee couple claims share of $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot

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By Todd Northrop

A Tennessee couple that won a share of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they plan to return to their jobs after winning the mammoth prize.

At a press conference Friday, Tennessee Lottery president Rebecca Hargrove said that John and Lisa Robinson had the winning ticket and the lottery had verified it. The Robinsons are from Munford, Tennessee, a small town about 25 miles north of Memphis.

John and Lisa Robinson said they plan to pay off the mortgage on their small house, pay off their daughter Tiffany's student loans and go back to work. Lisa asked the press to stop visiting her place of employment — a doctor's office.

When an incredulous news reporter asked why return to work, Lisa Robinson replied, "Why not?" Her husband added, "That's what we've done all our lives."

The Robinsons said they are going to take the lump sum cash payout of $327,835,000 rather than the annuitized amount of $528.8 million because they are "not guaranteed tomorrow."  They were unable to come up with anything that they would splurge some of their new cash on. John said he didn't want a bigger house because "you have to clean it."

"I am a little overwhelmed and excited," Lisa said during the press conference. "We just wanted a little piece of the pie, but instead we got a big piece."

According to Hargrove, it would take about 10 days for the Robinsons to receive their bank check, because the money for the jackpot has to flow from the states to the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), and then finally to the Tennessee Lottery.

The Robinsons appeared with their daughter, their lawyer, and their dog at a news conference Friday at the Tennessee lottery headquarters after their winning ticket was verified by lottery officials.

John said he bought the winning ticket at his wife's request at the family-owned Naifeh's grocery on his way home from work, even though he wasn't feeling well. He bought four quick-pick tickets, one for each family member, then gave them to his wife and went to lie down when he got home. She stayed up to watch the Wednesday night drawing, carefully writing down the numbers.

Later, Lisa came running to the bedroom to wake up John, and he groggily verified that the numbers matched.

The couple said they have barely slept over the past 48 hours. They appeared on the "Today" show earlier Friday and said they had a winning ticket.

The Robinsons told "Today" that their attorney advised them to go on national TV first as a way of controlling the story. Lawyers who have represented lottery winners in the past said jackpot winners become targets when their identities are revealed and they are sometimes harassed or get talked into bad investments. Winners are also advised to talk seriously with experts in tax law, financial planning, privacy, security and other safeguards before they become known around the planet.

John said he was nervous after revealing his identity on the "Today" show.

"Actually, (I was) a little scared because I didn't know exactly what to do," he said. "I knew that I wanted to get an accountant. I knew that I wanted to get a lawyer and try to follow the procedures that they tell you to follow."

Tennessee lottery winners may not remain anonymous. Under the lottery policy, a person's name, home state and home town are a matter of public record.

Although the mainstream media has posted photos on the Internet of the Robinson's home, Lottery Post will refrain from doing that out of respect for the winners' privacy.

The other winning tickets from Wednesday's record Powerball jackpot were sold in Chino Hills, California, and Melbourne Beach, Florida. Those winners have not been announced yet.

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Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

Why even play, good luck going back to work.  Give your jobs up to people who need them and enjoy

whatever life you have left.  If You still want to work then do something that will add more jobs for the

rest of us.  I just don't get some people, do something with it or give it all away to you favorite charity.

I really hope they change their minds after a couple weeks because they will most likely have to go into

hiding to get away from everyone asking for money.   

RL

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I will consider the opinion that my winnings are a product of chance if you are willing to consider

they are not.  Many great discoveries come while searching for something else

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    Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

    Skeptical well I wish them tons of luck and happiness


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      Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

      they are going back to work? why did they bother to play a lottery of this magnitude? they are going to be despised by their co-workers. those are 2 jobs that someone who needs them could have. hopefully their employers will show them the door on monday. these people are nuts personified. i hope they are hounded, harrassed, vilified every day. no one can defend their decision.

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        boston,ma
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        Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:17 pm - IP Logged

        Why even play, good luck going back to work.  Give your jobs up to people who need them and enjoy

        whatever life you have left.  If You still want to work then do something that will add more jobs for the

        rest of us.  I just don't get some people, do something with it or give it all away to you favorite charity.

        I really hope they change their minds after a couple weeks because they will most likely have to go into

        hiding to get away from everyone asking for money.   

        RL

        This. I shake my head at people who say this nonsense. I agree with you, why are they even playing? It seems like everyone who wins wants all of america to believe that the money will not change them and they will remain normal. It sounds good to say but not realistic. I personally feel if you're not ready for the attention and harassment you're going to get then don't play.

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          Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

          Why even play, good luck going back to work.  Give your jobs up to people who need them and enjoy

          whatever life you have left.  If You still want to work then do something that will add more jobs for the

          rest of us.  I just don't get some people, do something with it or give it all away to you favorite charity.

          I really hope they change their minds after a couple weeks because they will most likely have to go into

          hiding to get away from everyone asking for money.   

          RL

          I Agree! 1 MILLION percent!!!

          I was screaming at the computer when I watched the TODAY interview and the wife said she was headed back to work.  Work is the LAST thing they need to be doing with this amount of money.  They will learn VERY quickly that 'they can't return to work' and it has already started with the press going to her work. 

          Whats the over/under for when they bail on work and enjoy the money?

          I got Tuesday!


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            I Agree! 1 MILLION percent!!!

            I was screaming at the computer when I watched the TODAY interview and the wife said she was headed back to work.  Work is the LAST thing they need to be doing with this amount of money.  They will learn VERY quickly that 'they can't return to work' and it has already started with the press going to her work. 

            Whats the over/under for when they bail on work and enjoy the money?

            I got Tuesday!

            it's going to be monday. no way can wherever they work accept them back. it will be way too distracting for the business to operate with these 2 clowns employed there. maybe the dog or daughter can find work but i doubt it.

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              Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

              Why even play, good luck going back to work.  Give your jobs up to people who need them and enjoy

              whatever life you have left.  If You still want to work then do something that will add more jobs for the

              rest of us.  I just don't get some people, do something with it or give it all away to you favorite charity.

              I really hope they change their minds after a couple weeks because they will most likely have to go into

              hiding to get away from everyone asking for money.   

              RL

              I really hope they change their minds after a couple weeks because they will most likely have to go into

              hiding to get away from everyone asking for money.   

              I Agree!

              Lawyer could have done a trust or something not just throw them to the wolves like he did.

              Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

              “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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                Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:33 pm - IP Logged

                Although I wish them well, here's what they don't know but will soon learn;

                It's hard for the super wealthy to know who their real friends are. All kinds of folks hit on you for money and deliver false pretenses on a regular basis. Charities hit you up like you were the prettiest girl at a ball otherwise filled with horny young males. 'Relatives' you never had approach you from nowhere. Old school non-chums want to reacquaint.

                There is an old saying that the rich person in any family is despised. Many relatives don't understand why the wealth of one family member can't easily be shared to solve all their problems. It doesn't matter how much you do or don't give people, it won't be enough. G5

                About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!


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                  Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

                  they are all so overweight so maybe they could start a diet workshop or gym business. even the dog is overweight.

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                    Posted: January 15, 2016, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

                    Why even play, good luck going back to work.  Give your jobs up to people who need them and enjoy

                    whatever life you have left.  If You still want to work then do something that will add more jobs for the

                    rest of us.  I just don't get some people, do something with it or give it all away to you favorite charity.

                    I really hope they change their minds after a couple weeks because they will most likely have to go into

                    hiding to get away from everyone asking for money.   

                    RL

                    I Agree!

                    Lisa asked the press to stop visiting her place of employment — a doctor's office.

                    Maybe in her excitement she isn't looking at the big picture. If she does go back to work, every day she'll have to deal with probably hundreds of people looking for handouts.


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                      Posted: January 15, 2016, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

                      he's a warehouse supervisor. imagine working under him and taking orders from someone with 300 million in his pocket. i couldn't. i'd want to put arsenic in his lunch. she works for a dermatology doctor. i hope people call up and make appointments and then not show up resulting in her getting shown the door. if i hit the lottery the first thing i would do is buy both business's and can both their fat behinds.

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                        Posted: January 15, 2016, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

                        Congrats to John and Lisa Robinson on their Power Ball win. I don't blame Lisa for asking the press not to come where she work. She work in a Doctors Office. The other people in her office are co- workers & ill patients that don't need the extra drama.Party


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                          Congrats to John and Lisa Robinson on their Power Ball win. I don't blame Lisa for asking the press not to come where she work. She work in a Doctors Office. The other people in her office are co- workers & ill patients that don't need the extra drama.Party

                          i agree. except for the congrats part. one way to get rid of the drama would be to get rid of her which i'm sure they will.


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                            Posted: January 15, 2016, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                            Yes these winners are moronic wanting to go back to work.

                            I can think of about 10,000,000 other things I'd rather do with my life than work if I won a jackpot.  I'd have to get to work fixing my problems which I'd estimate would take two years, but once I was done with that, it would be time to have fun.

                            I think being incredibly dumb is a requirement to win & that's probably why I'm not winning. LOL