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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A woman and her seven adult children stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot and said they have plans to tithe to their church, go on a family vacation and help their community.

But mostly they’re just still letting it sink in.

“Wow. That’s what it’s like,” Pearlie Mae Smith, 70, said at a news conference at state lottery headquarters with her children. “I’m still trying to figure out what it’s like.”

Smith’s daughter Valerie Arthur, who retired after 27 years as a state corrections administrator last August, said she expected “in about an hour from now everyone we know will come out of the woodwork.”

“We each have dreams that we want to fulfill in this life and do for our community and do for each other and our families, and it was like, well, we have been funded to do that,” Arthur said.

Smith, of Trenton, opted for the lump sum payout of $284 million when she purchased separate $3 tickets last week at a 7-Eleven in Trenton for drawings held Wednesday and Saturday. Arthur said the family hired lawyers and took time before coming forward to get educated on how best to handle the windfall.

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

The other siblings, seated in front of dozens of reporters and cameras, said they don’t plan to quit their jobs but hadn’t yet told their employers about the win.

“Are we live?” Arthur asked. “They’re finding out right now.”

Katherine Nunnally, another of Smith’s daughters, says she works in education and wants to help put at-risk girls in touch with powerful women as role models and help them get internships. Now she has the money to do it herself, she said.

Son Steven Smith said he’d go into business himself.

The winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66, and the Powerball number was 9.

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.

(Photo: Associated Press)

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10 thoughts on “New Jersey Mom Of 7 Wins $429.6 Million Powerball Jackpot [VIDEO]

  1. ButterPecan on said:

    I was really disappointed when they announced one ticket had won all that money. Now I am so happy for the winners. They were very smart to lay low and get some financial and legal advice. All they spoke about was helping others. Congratulations!

  2. October on said:

    Money can also cause more problems that one cares to have. Congrats and watch out for the family members who didn’t have a thing to say to you until today.

    • Amber on said:

      true but being poor or broke is worst. I prefer to be rich with problems compare to being broke or poor with problems (look at the inner city).

  3. Amber on said:

    I am happy and THANK GOODNESS a black person won it. I hope this woman do better the sista North Carolina. I played and only had 2 numbers but now I am happy to know a person like this won.

  4. Linda on said:

    Congrats to all of these Powerball winners!!!!!

    Glad to see some folks of color win all that $$$$$. Them winning let’s me know that those big lotteries are not FIXED and that anyone has a chance at winning.

    I wish these ladies all the luck in the world and hope they do positive things with their winnings!!!!!

    • Amber on said:

      I was saying the same thing. It always seem like their record breakin pot were not won by blacks. Since 2013, blacks have been winning. I am ready for mine now.

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