What was the outcome of a $1.586 billion Powerball win for small-town families during their interviews on the ‘Today’ show?
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The “Today” show had previously awarded multimillionaires before their prize was announced, and it has been a relatively private process for those who have won on the show in January 2016.
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Who won the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot on January 13, 2016?
On Jan. 11, 2016, Powerball made history by becoming the first lottery jackpot to reach $1 billion. In contrast, the next jackpot in 2016 was $1.4 billion after no one matched all five numbers plus the Power Ball for a total of $949 million. (No one won that drawing.) Then, three tickets paired all six numbers together earned $1.586 billion in the Jan 13 2016 drawing for another big win.
The $40 million jackpot began rolling over the course of November 4, 2015, and was won almost 30 times before three tickets from California, Munford, Tennessee, as well as Melbourne Beach, Florida (as mentioned below) were purchased. The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10, with winners Marvin and Mae Acosta from Californie, John and Lisa Robinson from Muncom,and Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt from Melbourne beach.
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A segment of the ‘Today’ show that takes place.
The $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot was won on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, and lottery officials announced that three tickets from three different states would share the prize. John Robinson and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, appeared on the “Today” show with Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly before winning the lottery in person at the Tennessee Lottery office.
The Robinsons contacted “Today” to discuss the situation and decided to remain private. Their lawyer had recommended appearing on national TV before they submitted their ticket to lottery officials as a way to “control” the story. Joe Townsend and his daughter Ilene joined them on the morning show.
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Guthrie introduced the Robinsons as the fortunate pair who claimed to have the winning ticket in the segment.
As John Robinson takes the ticket from his shirt pocket, Guthrie asks if they can be seen.
The couple’s absence from the official lottery headquarters in their state made it impossible for them to officially confirm the Robinsons’ success. Despite producers verifying their backgrounds, Guthrie maintained that “it’d be premature to make this official.”
She inquired of the couple, “Why did you choose to have ‘Today’ show first?”
Joe Townsend, the lawyer of John Robinson, was pointed out by him.
When asked by Guthrie why, Townsend responded that the American public wants to hear back from them and acknowledge their success.
Guthrie repeated in the interview that when he called the “Today” show, the Robinsons had been found by them and it was interesting to hear, “We didn’t find you here, you found us.”
Who was the first to win the $1.586 billion Powerball lottery jackpot with 3 tickets?
John and Lisa Robinson, who were the first to win their share of the $1.586 billion jackpot, arrived at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters on Jan. 15, 2016, with Tiffany and Abby as their daughter and rescue dog. They asked for privacy during the press conference held that day, acknowledging their small town status.
According to Tennessee Lottery officials, John Robinson and Lisa Robinson took a lump sum of slightly more than $327 million before taxes and presented them with opulent checks worth $528.8 million. They received zillions immediately and were due approximately 10 days later to receive the remaining prize, as reported in 2016 USA TODAY.
Where did the Robinsons of Tennessee acquire their Powerball ticket that was sold as a winner?
Naifeh’s Food Market, one of three lottery retailers in the Robinsons’ hometown of 6,000 residents, located about 30 miles northeast of Memphis, Tennessee, was where they bought their Powerball winning ticket.
Despite triple-checking the winning numbers, John Robinson stated to the media that he didn’t officially accept them until state lottery officials had confirmed the purchase of a winning ticket in Munford. State lottery authorities later announced that Naifeh’s in Tennessee had sold one of the three winning tickets by Jan. 14, 2016.
Naifeh’s Food Mart, the family of Ally, Abby, and Oney Naiffej, proudly displayed their Tennessee lottery check to themselves at their Munford store, where they were given a $25,000 bonus for selling one of three winning Powerball lottery tickets.
When did the other participants in the Powerball jackpot win the $1.586 billion prize?
The couple, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt, purchased their winning Powerball ticket from a Publix in Melbourne Beach in 2016, waiting until February 2016 to claim their share of the grand prize.
The California Lottery announced that Marvin and Mae Acosta, from California, had won $528.8 million in Powerball six months after the drawing.
Is it possible to keep the identity of Tennessee lottery winners confidential?
The public can view the names, addresses, and hometowns of lottery winners in Tennessee.
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What was the fate of the $1.586 Powerball jackpot won by the Robinsons?
Despite her job in a dermatology office, Lisa Robinson had called her boss and was instructed to watch the “Today” show instead of being in Friday’s schedule. She and her husband had no plans to quit their jobs at that time.
The couple stated that they would prioritize paying off their daughter’s student loans, home loan, and other expenses. They also plan to spend money on family members.
The Robinsons purchased a 10-bedroom home worth $6.2 million on 320 acres, as reported by NBC Memphis’ Fox 13 story. The property’s Trulia listing revealed that the tax assessor had confirmed their purchase.
The family’s request for privacy was respected by Fox 13, which visited their Munford home, but did not disclose the exact location of the multimillion-dollar property.
The contributors to this article include Natalie Neysa Alund, Doug Stanglin, and Kinsey Crowley.
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