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I won the $1.6 billion Powerball lottery jackpot. This is how I picked my numbers to make 1 in 292 million win

A WOMAN who won the $1.6 billion Powerball lottery jackpot has revealed how she picked her lucky numbers.

Maureen Smith, 76, and her husband David Kaltschmidt, 61, drew the staggering sum back in January 2016.

Maureen Smith, 76, and her husband David Kaltschmidt, 61, hit the Powerball jackpot in 2016

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Maureen Smith, 76, and her husband David Kaltschmidt, 61, hit the Powerball jackpot in 2016Photo credit: Reuters
The modest couple shared the chunk of cash with two other winning ticket holders

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The modest couple shared the chunk of cash with two other winning ticket holdersPhoto credit: Reuters

They spilled the jackpot with two other triumphant ticket holders in California and Tennessee and saw them bag $327.8 million each.

The couple, who live in Melbourne Beach, Fla., had bought a Powerball ticket at their local Publix store – a ritual they’d maintained for three decades.

Maureen’s persistence paid off as after 30 years of playing the same random numbers over and over again, they finally emerged.

She credits her dedication to playing Powerball with the same numbers that made her an overnight multi-millionaire.

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The 76-year-old was regularly watching the live draw when her lucky numbers – 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10 – popped up.

Maureen and David opted for a staggering pre-tax lump sum payment of a whopping $327.8 million when they received their winnings.

They kept their jackpot a secret – even from their family – for a month before revealing their luck the night before it went public.

But the humble couple felt more “stressed” than blessed after the historic victory.

She said after her stroke of luck: “We’ve lost a lot of sleep and I’ve lost over 10 pounds.

“I’m afraid it will make me less friendly. And I know I’ll be in a less quiet place. We’re not the type to go out and party.”

David added: “There’s a lot of up and down at night.”

The modest winners were perfectly content to stay in their $300,000 home and live the same laid-back lifestyle.

Rather than spend her millions on luxury items, Maureen revealed her newfound cash flow wouldn’t be spent on “anything exciting.”

She said: “He’s going to get a new car and I’m going to get a massage.”

The ticket holder instead wanted to burn a hole in the millions to “take care of the family” and friends say the duo remain “as conservative as ever”.

And mum-of-two Maureen still can’t resist putting her numbers on the Powerball – just for fun.

Former engineer David traded in his gold SUV for a newer but almost identical model after going public with his win in 2016.

His wife later treated herself to a $90,000 Tesla in matching gold to celebrate her lottery win.

Florida state law requires lottery winners’ names and hometowns to be published.

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Maureen and David formed a trust called the Nickel 95 Trust to manage their money.

The Publix store Maureen visited received $100,000 for the sale of the winning ticket, while the Powerball raised $114 million for Florida state schools.

Maureen and David continued to live their conservative lifestyles after their stunning victory

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Maureen and David continued to live their conservative lifestyles after their stunning victoryPhoto credit: Reuters

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CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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