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NJ family of 8 claims $429.6 million Powerball lottery jackpot

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By Todd Northrop

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — A New Jersey woman and her seven adult children have stepped forward to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot.

Eight members of the Smith family announced that they had the sole winning ticket purchased in Trenton for last Saturday's drawing. They plan to tithe 10 percent of the money to their church.

The family was guarded about their employment, to protect their privacy.  Valerie Marie Arthur, the eldest daughter and a retired prison administrator, spoke for the group. (See press conference raw footage below.)

The family matriarch, Pearlie Mae Smith, spent $6 for two tickets for drawings held last Wednesday and Saturday. They have hired attorneys to help them with the money and will take a trip to the usual family spot, though they wouldn't say where that was.

"We had a divine intervention give us the numbers, that's the only way you can explain that, how the numbers were chosen," Val Arthur said.

The chosen numbers came to the ticket-buyer in a dream, although the family declined to say whose dream it was.

Lottery officials say the family chose the lump sum cash payment over the annuity. So the $6 investment will yield $284 million in cash, before taxes.

"They spent $6 to win $284 million. That's a pretty good investment," Carole Hedinger, the New Jersey Lottery's executive director, said earlier this week.

Only one ticket matched all six Powerball numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The winning numbers were 5, 25, 26, 44, and 66, with Powerball number 9.

The family claimed the ticket under the name, "The Smith Family Lottery Group".  The group members include:

  1. Pearlie Mae Smith (mom) of Trenton
  2. Valerie Marie Arthur of Trenton
  3. Steven Elliot Smith of Trenton
  4. Jacqueline Sessoms of Trenton
  5. Marsha-Ann Rebecca Smith of Trenton
  6. Tracy Angela Smith of Newark
  7. Katherine Nicole Nunnally of Newark
  8. Rene Bethina Smith of Trenton

"We are thrilled to meet the fortunate winners and I am extremely pleased that they heeded the recommendation to obtain professional assistance and advice to navigate this life-changing event," Hedinger said. The family also consulted with a life coach and met with previous jackpot winners to learn from their experiences. 

"Friday the 13th is now a blessed day," Valerie said.

Mrs. Smith purchased the ticket from the 7-Eleven store, 750 Chambers Street, Trenton in Mercer County. She is a pastor in a church in Trenton and rarely gambles. She said that these numbers popped into her head and felt compelled to listen to the intuition. She purchased one game board for the Wednesday, May 4 drawing and one board for the Saturday, May 7 drawing, which was the winning ticket.

The retailer gets a $30,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Most of the convenience store's customers are locals who come in a few times a week to buy coffee or a soda and maybe a sandwich or snack. That led area residents to speculate that the person who holds the winning ticket may be living among them.

The ticket is the largest single jackpot winning ticket sold in New Jersey and the sixth-largest in Powerball history.

Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.

RAW VIDEO: Watch the press conference

Editor: Sorry for the poor audio volume; please turn up the volume on your speakers. The NJ Lottery did not have a very good audio feed.

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Posted: May 13, 2016, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

Congratulations to them stepping forward.

I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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    Posted: May 13, 2016, 5:35 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations to the Smith family Hurray!

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      Posted: May 13, 2016, 5:44 pm - IP Logged

      They say they plan to tithe to their church. Does that mean that they plan to go buy a farm and donate a tithe of the crops and every tenth sheep, goat and cow that passes under the rod? Read your bible folks!

      Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

      The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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        Posted: May 13, 2016, 6:10 pm - IP Logged

        Includes video report

        By Todd Northrop

        A New Jersey woman and her seven adult children have stepped forward to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot.

        Eight members of the Smith family announced that they had the sole winning ticket purchased in Trenton for last Saturday's drawing. They plan to tithe 10 percent of the money to their church.

        The family was guarded about their employment, to protect their privacy.  Valerie Marie Arthur, the eldest daughter and a retired prison administrator, spoke for the group. (See press conference raw footage below.)

        The family matriarch, Pearlie Mae Smith, spent $6 for two tickets for drawings held last Wednesday and Saturday. They have hired attorneys to help them with the money and will take a trip to the usual family spot, though they wouldn't say where that was.

        "We had a divine intervention give us the numbers, that's the only way you can explain that, how the numbers were chosen," Val Arthur said.

        The chosen numbers came to the ticket-buyer in a dream, although the family declined to say whose dream it was.

        Lottery officials say the family chose the lump sum cash payment over the annuity. So the $6 investment will yield $284 million in cash, before taxes.

        "They spent $6 to win $284 million. That's a pretty good investment," Carole Hedinger, the New Jersey Lottery's executive director, said earlier this week.

        Only one ticket matched all six Powerball numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The winning numbers were 5, 25, 26, 44, and 66, with Powerball number 9.

        The family claimed the ticket under the name, "The Smith Family Lottery Group".  The group members include:

        1. Pearlie Mae Smith (mom) of Trenton
        2. Valerie Marie Arthur of Trenton
        3. Steven Elliot Smith of Trenton
        4. Jacqueline Sessoms of Trenton
        5. Marsha-Ann Rebecca Smith of Trenton
        6. Tracy Angela Smith of Newark
        7. Katherine Nicole Nunnally of Newark
        8. Rene Bethina Smith of Trenton

        "We are thrilled to meet the fortunate winners and I am extremely pleased that they heeded the recommendation to obtain professional assistance and advice to navigate this life-changing event," Hedinger said. The family also consulted with a life coach and met with previous jackpot winners to learn from their experiences. 

        "Friday the 13th is now a blessed day," Valerie said.

        Mrs. Smith purchased the ticket from the 7-Eleven store, 750 Chambers Street, Trenton in Mercer County. She is a pastor in a church in Trenton and rarely gambles. She said that these numbers popped into her head and felt compelled to listen to the intuition. She purchased one game board for the Wednesday, May 4 drawing and one board for the Saturday, May 7 drawing, which was the winning ticket.

        The retailer gets a $30,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

        Most of the convenience store's customers are locals who come in a few times a week to buy coffee or a soda and maybe a sandwich or snack. That led area residents to speculate that the person who holds the winning ticket may be living among them.

        The ticket is the largest single jackpot winning ticket sold in New Jersey and the sixth-largest in Powerball history.

        Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

        The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.

        RAW VIDEO: Watch the press conference

        Editor: Sorry for the poor audio volume; please turn up the volume on your speakers. The NJ Lottery did not have a very good audio feed.

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        They have hired attorneys to help them with the money and will take a trip to the usual family spot, though they wouldn't say where that was.

        Hats off to the Smith family!!

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          Posted: May 13, 2016, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

          Wish the best to the luckiest family in NEW JERSEY... and have fun and not too wild :)

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            That family will no doubt enjoy their new found wealth. I hope they have competent, ethical advisers who will formulate a long term goal/budget for each of them.

            If they don't stray from these guidelines then life should be sweet for each one of them.

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              Always wondered: The back of the lottery ticket clearly states "One Name Only" to be written in. I assumed (if/when I hit the big one) that I would need to create a Trust or LLC in order to bring in the whole family into winner's circle (if family is reading, this in no way constitutes a promise of sharing all of the winnings!).

               

              This brings up the question: Would the lottery accept a newly created entity (created after the winning draw) as a winner? How about the IRS?? This article brought up the questions in my mind as 8 family members share the jackpot. I'm sure that any capable attorney has a work-around these "problems" but anybody have any thoughts on the legal side of winning and wanting to share with family??

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                Congratulations to the Smith family Hurray!

                I Agree! and they did it with a dream.

                 I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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                  That family will no doubt enjoy their new found wealth. I hope they have competent, ethical advisers who will formulate a long term goal/budget for each of them.

                  If they don't stray from these guidelines then life should be sweet for each one of them.

                  I Agree! We all want that sweet life. Planning ahead will help us get there when we win.

                   I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

                   Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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                    They say they plan to tithe to their church. Does that mean that they plan to go buy a farm and donate a tithe of the crops and every tenth sheep, goat and cow that passes under the rod? Read your bible folks!

                    You living way in the past. That applied to the ancient Jews before their Great City fell to the Roman armies- another thing the name Smith is not Jewish... Just saying!

                    **When was the last time you brought a goat to your Church as a sacrificial offering?

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                      Posted: May 13, 2016, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

                      Another Stroke of Luck: Having a Surname of Smith!

                      Most Common Surnames in the United States 1990 Census:

                      Smith
                      Johnson
                      Williams
                      Jones

                      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                        Posted: May 13, 2016, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

                        UPDATE: The article has been updated with additional facts about the family and the win.

                         

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                          Excellent!!! I'm happy for them and glad it happened to this family!!

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                            Posted: May 13, 2016, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

                            Congratulations!!!Party

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