Published: Mon, January 25, 2016
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Before Going to Lottery Officials, Winning Powerball Couple Goes on Today Show

Before Going to Lottery Officials, Winning Powerball Couple Goes on Today Show

Iowa prosecutors say a computer expert working for the Multi-State Lottery Association, or MUSL, which runs games for 37 member states and US territories, figured out how to rig number-generating computers to pick his set of numbers.

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.

"We've been there forever", Mrs. Robinson said.

"You never know if you'll be here tomorrow", John Robinson told a throng of reporters at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville.

The Robinsons said they had reached out to NBC on the advice of their lawyer, Joe Townsend.

"The Chino Hills victor has not come forward yet", California Lottery said on its Twitter feed.

He said they were excited about their winnings but were "a little scared" about their future.

 Reuters Powerball jackpot co-winners Lisa and John Robinson (left) of Munford, Tennessee and Tennessee Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove (right) attend a news conference in Nashville, Tennessee January 15, 2016. "We didn't get enough sleep". My dad always said, "When I win the lottery'".

The Robinsons, who live in Munford, said they will be taking the lump cash payout which equates to $328 million. Lottery officials state that Walker went to the Sav-A-Ton store in Lake Mary to try his luck and found a betting slip already filled out with numbers.

Their daughter, Tiffany, lives nearby and recently graduated from college at Murray State, and their son, Adam, is an electrician, ABC News reported. They'll pay off their mortgage and their daughter's student loans, but have no desire to move from their gray, one-story house in a close-knit community into a luxurious compound somewhere.

State lottery officials also urged people to proceed with caution when reading online reports about a purported victor. News of a possible victor in California was quickly deflated Friday when that feel-good tale was described as a prank.

After learning of the Robinsons' claim, Cole told the AP on Friday that they are not the kind of family to squander their money.

A 62-year-old nurse in Pomona is believed to be about $300 million to $500 million richer, with reports she is holding a jackpot-winning Powerball ticket given to her by her boss.

"They have deep roots in the community". The man, who purchased the ticket on an worldwide website, said the jackpot would place his family in danger if his identity were known.

Munford's mayor, Dwayne Cole, had wished openly Thursday for an investment in the town, whose annual budget is $3.67 million. The cycle will start again on Saturday night when the next Powerball drawing will have an estimated jackpot of $40 million.

He did, four times, then thought: "Well, I'll believe it when the news comes on in the morning".

Without a victor, the jackpot would have increased to $2 billion, with a cash value of $1.24 billion, ahead of Saturday's drawing, the Texas Lottery Commission posted on Twitter.

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