A TENNESEE couple and two other people have won a $1.6 billion Powerball lottery jackpot – beating the odds of 1 in 292 million.
John and Lisa Robinson won a Powerball jackpot in January 2016, believed to be the largest jackpot in the game’s history.
The couple, who lived in Munford, Tennessee at the time of their big win, also shared the $1.586 billion jackpot with winners in California and Florida.
The Robinsons chose their winning numbers using the Powerball Quick Pick method, which uses a computer to draw random numbers.
California winners Mae and Marvin Acosta also used a quick pick to choose their numbers.
However, Maureen Smith of Florida won by playing the same six Powerball numbers she has been playing for about 30 years.
Maureen and her husband David Kaltschmidt, 61, spilled the jackpot with the other two triumphant ticket holders and saw them pocket $327.8 million each.
The lucky numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with 10 being the Powerball.
Meanwhile, the Robinsons decided to take their winnings lump sum because “we’re not guaranteed tomorrow,” CBS News reported.
“John said, ‘We just wanted a little big piece of the pie. Now we’re really grateful that we got the big piece of the pie.”
After winning, the Robinsons insisted they would not leave their beloved home in Munford.
They also brought their ticket to The Today Show, a national morning news program, to share the news.
Instead of planning to buy a new home, the couple opted to pay off their mortgage and their daughter’s student loan.
John told FOX13 Memphis at the time: “We’re not just private, we’re ordinary people. We are just like all of you. Those big fancy houses are nice, but you have to clean them.”
However, six months later, FOX13 received confirmation from a local accountant that the Robinsons had purchased a 10-bedroom home on a 320-acre lot with a private lake that cost them $6.2 million.
Fred Williams, a neighbor of the Robinsons in Munford, told the news outlet: “They were a middle-class, happy family and they were really happy here in Munford.
“I don’t think they really realized what happened [when they won].”
Meanwhile, a lottery expert shared seven sensible tips that could improve your chances of hitting a big jackpot.
Sandra Grauschopf, who has won tens of thousands of dollars, shared the best practices to make some money.
In a recent article, Grauschopf said that while most “tips” don’t work when it comes to improving your chances, there are some fact-based guidelines that “really work.”
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