Florida couple finally comes forward as winners of historic Powerball jackpot

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MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – More than one month after the historic $1.5 billion Jackpot lottery drawing, a couple from Florida has stepped forward to claim their portion of the prize.

On Jan. 13, lottery officials announced that the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot — the largest lottery prize in history — will be split at least three ways.

The winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California; Munford, Tennessee; and in Melbourne Beach, Florida, according to state lottery officials.

The winning numbers were 08, 27, 34, 04 and 19, and the Powerball was 10.

A few days after the drawing, Tennessee couple John Robinson and his wife Lisa told the TODAY Show that they were one of the lucky winners.

Now, Florida couple Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt have stepped forward to collect their winnings.

“They are numbers that I played for years that I very rarely play,” Smith said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

According to NBC News, the married couple has opted to take the lump sum of $327 million.

Right now, Smith says they don’t have any plans for the money.

“We have to think about it,” Smith said. “I just know I want to help the special people in my life.”

Kaltschmidt says he plans to retire and buy a new truck.

According to NBC News, the couple set up a trust to manage the money.

The winner from California has not yet come forward.

The odds of winning the record jackpot were 1 in 292 million.

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