Good news Powerball fans - the $429 million jackpot that was going begging just a few short days ago has finally been claimed, and by a family of 7 children no less!
Huge congratulations go to Pearlie Mae Smith, New Jersey resident and mother of 7, who recently made headlines by walking off with a gigantic Powerball win. Even more incredible is that this newly-made millionaire is a church pastor, and one who rarely plays the lottery at that. So how did this hard-working mother scoop the jackpot? Divine intervention, that's how!
The Smiths may not have been regular lottery players, but one lucky combination is all it takes. That's exactly how Pearlie Mae Smith felt one day when she was suddenly given the inspiration for her winning number picks. Feeling compelled to enter the lottery with them, she bought her ticket at a nearby 7-Eleven - and was overwhelmed when her hunch turned out to be the best bet she'd ever made.
7 May 2016 was the fateful day - the day the Smith family learned that all their dreams could finally come true, thanks to the huge lottery payout coming their way. A $429 million win is an incredible amount to walk away with - so much so that the Smiths originally didn't believe they'd won.
One of Pearlie Mae's daughters, Valerie, remembers getting a phone call from her sister Marsha-Ann, passing on the unbelievable news. “‘Stop April fooling me and get off of my phone’”, was Valerie's response - an understandable one when you consider how much was at stake.
“It was a big shock when we first learned we were Powerball winners,” says Valerie. “It was a bigger shock when we learned we were the only ticket holder.”
“It was like affirmation from God because we each have dreams that we want to fulfil in this life, and do for our community and do for each other and for our families and we have been funded to do that”, says Valerie.
And now, with the $284 million cash value of the jackpot split 8 ways, Pearlie Mae and her 7 children will be able to do just that, and start making all their dreams come true - dreams like those of Katherine, who will finally have the much-needed funds to underwrite her mentorship programme for young women.
We don't know what the future holds for Pearlie Mae and her family, but having consulted a life coach and previous jackpot winners before claiming their own payout, it's clear they have a set direction in mind, and that they plan on following it with professional guidance, and eyes wide open. Congratulations to the Smiths, and we look forward to hearing more of their lottery-winning plans in the weeks to come!
Remember, if you want to see a Powerball win in your future, there's only one thing you need to do - buy your tickets online in time for Saturday night's draw! Whether you're divinely inspired like Pearlie Mae, or you find your lucky number motivation elsewhere, you know you have to be in it to win it - so enter today for the chance to start making your own millionaire dreams a luxurious reality!