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nashville, tenn. » Lot­tery of­fi­cials ver­i­fied Fri­day that a ware­house su­per­vi­sor from Ten­nessee bought one of the three tick­ets that won the world- record $ 1.6 bil­lion Power­ball jack­pot.

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. They de­cided to take his win­nings in a sin­gle lump sum of nearly $ 328 mil­lion, rather than let the Lot­tery in­vest the prize and pay him 30 an­nual in­stall­ments to­tal­ing an es­ti­mated $ 533 mil­lion.

“We’re go­ing to take the lump sum, be­cause we’re not guar­an­teed to­mor­row,” Robin­son said.

He said they have no plans to move from their small, one- story house or to splurge on big pur­chases. They’ll pay off their daugh­ter’s stu­dent loans, and he and his wife, Lisa, plan to re­turn to work Mon­day. She works in a der­ma­tol­o­gist’s of­fice.

“That’s what we’ve done all our lives, is work,” he said. “You just can’t sit down and lay down and not do noth­ing any­more. How long are you go­ing to last?”

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