Family of Eight Claims $429 Million Powerball
Anyone with the last name Smith may want to go digging in their family tree because the Smith family just came into some paper!
The Smith family – a mom and seven adult children – emerged Friday as the winners of the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot and credited “divine intervention” in helping them pick the numbers.
“It’s the only way you can explain it,” said family spokesperson Valerie Arthur during a press conference at NJ Lottery headquarters. “No birthdays, no anniversary dates. Through a dream.”
Smith said her 70-year-old mother, Pearlie Smith, purchased the ticket at the 7-Eleven on Chambers Street in Trenton. Smith beamed while sitting with her children as Arthur took the podium to discuss the moment they realized they were millionaires.
Smith acknowledged she faced challenges as the mother of seven, the youngest of which is now 38.
“I’m very, very proud of my children,” Smith said. “I made it through by the grace of God.”
Some of the Smith family members said they plan to continue working, particularly Cathy Smith, who has run a mentoring program for young women for the past 15 years.
The winning ticket was purchased as a cash ticket, meaning they will take their winnings in a lump sum of $284 million or about $204,480,000 after taxes have been deducted.
Can we borrow a dollar tho?!