A TENNESEE couple won a $1.6billion Powerball lottery jackpot with two other people – here’s how they beat the 1 in 292million odds.
John and Lisa Robinson won a Powerball jackpot in January 2016, which is considered the largest jackpot in the history of the game.
The couple, who resided in Munford, Tennessee, at the time of their big win, also shared the $1.586 billion jackpot with winners in California and Florida.
The Robinsons chose their winning numbers with the Powerball’s quick pick method, when random numbers are picked through a computer.
California’s winners, Mae and Marvin Acosta, also chose their numbers via quick pick.
However, Florida’s Maureen Smith, won by playing the same six Powerball numbers she’s been playing for approximately 30 years.
Maureen and her husband David Kaltschmidt, 61, spilt the jackpot with the two other triumphant ticket holders, seeing them each bag $327.8million each.
The lucky numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, with 10 being the Powerball.
Meanwhile, the Robinsons decided to take their winnings in a lump sum because “we’re not guaranteed tomorrow,” CBS News reported.
“John said: “We just wanted a little big piece of the pie. Now we’re real grateful we got the big piece of the pie.”
After they won, the Robinsons insisted they wouldn’t be moving from their beloved home in Munford.
They also brought their ticket to the Today Show, a national morning news show, to share the news.
Instead of planning to buy a new house, the couple chose to pay off their mortgage and their daughter’s student loans.
John told FOX13 Memphis at the time: “Not only are we private, we’re common people. We’re just like y’all. These big fancy houses are nice, but you gotta clean ‘em.”
However, six months later, FOX13 received confirmation from a local tax assessor that the Robinsons purchased a 10-bedroom home on a 320-acre lot with a private lake, costing them $6.2million.
Fred Williams, a neighbor of the Robinson’s in Munford, told the news outlet: “They was a middle class, happy family and they was real happy here in Munford.
“I don’t think they really realized what was happening [when they won].”
Meanwhile, a lottery expert has revealed seven common-sense tips that could improve your chances of winning a large jackpot.
Sandra Grauschopf, who has won tens of thousands of dollars, spilled the best practices for scoring some cash.
In a recent article, Grauschopf said that while most “tips” don’t work when it comes to improving your chances, there are a few fact-based guidelines that “really work.”