‘Could not have hap­pened to bet­ter peo­ple’

Ten­nessee man wins third of $1.6 bil­lion Power­ball

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Lot­tery of­fi­cials ver­i­fied Fri­day that a long­time res­i­dent of the small town of Mun­ford, Ten­nessee, bought one of three tick­ets win­ning the world-record $1.6 bil­lion Power­ball jack­pot.

Ten­nessee Lot­tery ex­ec­u­tive Re­becca Har­grove made the big an­nounce­ment.

John Robin­son of Mun­ford, a town of 6,000 north of Mem­phis, said he quickly reached out to his brother and oth­ers to assem­ble a team of lawyers and fi­nan­cial plan­ners.

What could one per­son pos­si­bly do with all that money?

Robin­son said ear­lier in an ap­pear­ance on NBC’s “To­day” show that he and his wife, Lisa, want to help out cer­tain friends, give to the St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal in Mem­phis, and do­nate to their church.

“I’m a firm be­liever in tithing to my church,” Robin­son said.

Their daugh­ter Tiffany, who flew with them to New York and back, is look­ing for­ward to pay­ing off her stu­dent loans. She also wants a horse.

“My first thought was, I’ve al­ways wanted a horse,” she said. “I get a horse now. My dad al­ways said, ‘’When I win the lot­tery.’”

The three jack­pot win­ners can leave their win­nings to be in­vested and thereby col­lect 30 an­nual pay­ments to­talling an es­ti­mated $533 mil­lion, or take their third of $983.5 mil­lion in cash all at once.

Robin­son said he would take the lump sum.

The other tick­ets were sold in Mel­bourne Beach, Florida, and Chino Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, each one overcoming odds of 1 in 292.2 mil­lion to land on all the num­bers.

John Robin­son works in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and his wife is em­ployed at a der­ma­tol­o­gist’s of­fice.

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