The other winners of the historic Powerball jackpot have come forward, and they are from Florida, USA. There were two other winners who shared the jackpot with them, but up until now, they have only come forward recently to claim their prize. Read their exclusive story here!
The winners are a married couple from Melbourne, Florida, and they have just claimed their one-third share of the world’s record-breaking jackpot. The prize money was collected in the form of a trust, but the winners were very happy to share their identities in a press conference held on Wednesday afternoon.
The winners are David Kaltscmidt, age 55, and Maureen Smith, age 70. The winners are originally from Long Island, New York, but moved to Florida and have been there since 1991. They have been long residents of Melbourne beach and they don’t intend to move anytime soon.
The winners decided to take the money with the lump-sum option. Their share of the Powerball jackpot amounted to $528.8 million which became $327,835,077.79 after taxes were applied. Maureen decided to take the cash rather than the longer payout method due to her age.
Seeing that Florida does not add taxes to any lottery wins, the couple only had federal taxes to worry about. This really worked to their advantage because, in the end, they got to have more winnings. The winners of this ground-breaking Powerball jackpot had a total of 180 days to claim their winnings, or 60 days if they wanted to claim it via the lump-sum option.
The winning numbers in the 13th of January Powerball draw were 4-8-19-27-34 with the Powerball 10. The winners frequent the shop Publix in Melbourne Beach, and that’s where they bought their winning ticket. The other two winning tickets came from California and Tennessee.
David works at Northrop Group and he’s been there since 1980. He wants to retire now. He said that now he doesn’t have to worry about designing airplanes anymore and can focus more on tax strategies, investments, and charities. Maureen works as a homemaker.
They have kept their win a secret from everyone, including their family and friends since their huge discovery on the 13th of January. As you could imagine, keeping such a huge secret wasn’t easy. The day after the win, David arrived late to work, and his employees were already jokingly asking him if he was the winner. He lied to them and said he didn’t even buy a ticket. That wasn’t an actual lie, either, though, because Maureen was the one who bought the winning Powerball ticket. A week ago the winners told their families.
Their biggest worry was revealing their identities. David said he’s been adding some security systems to their house to make sure they don’t have any attempted burglaries. They didn’t want to speak about their children. “Certain things we want to keep to ourselves,” said Maureen.
She also mentioned that she would have to become less friendly due to their security concerns. “Winning the jackpot is scary and unknown,” she stated. She was even very worried about the press conference. The couple won with the lucky numbers they’ve been playing for years on end.
They don’t have any plans for their money yet, but they do want a new car. “My truck is falling apart, so it’s time to get a new vehicle,” said David. Maureen has some ideas, but first she wants a massage!
Congratulations to them!
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