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After winning a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot last year, a Trenton, New Jersey family is giving back through philanthropy, reports.

Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven adult children opted for a lump sum payment of $284 million. They divided the winnings eight ways, and each family member contributed a portion of their share to establish the Smith Family Foundation.

The foundation awards grants to organizations and programs, mainly in Trenton, that focus on community development, education, and youth and families.

“We want to fund programs that directly affect systems of poverty so we can help change the systems or change the dynamics that are causing people to be in poverty,” Harold Smith, the foundation’s manager, told the news outlet.

Valerie Arthur, one of the daughters in the family and Harold Smith’s aunt, told that that God guides the family’s decisions—including which numbers to pick in the lottery.

Through God’s guidance, the family chose not to spend their new wealth unwisely on material things.

“It’s a blessing to have the ability to do whatever you want to do in this life and yet you choose to come and help somebody else — that right there is divine intervention,” she said.


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7 thoughts on “New Jersey Family Launches Foundation With $429 Million Powerball Winnings

  1. FallMornings on said:

    @F. I’m sure they did payoff their debts before giving to charity. I hope they are working with a reputable financial advisor to manage their coins.

  2. Pay of all your debts first and then give back. The greatest blessing a person can ever have is not having to pay any debtors in other words not oweing anybody money.

    • RENO2AC on said:

      I am sure that with over a quarter of a billion dollars AFTER taxes that they paid off all their debt. Yep!

  3. S.D. on said:

    ….and if we can all get on board and realize that us giving to us in every capacity is what is going to improve our lives, then we will have gotten it. Kudos to the Smith family and many more blessing to come…!!

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