A mother of 7 was the sole winner of the $429 million Powerball jackpot last May 6 2016. The winner, Pearlie Mae Smith, is a church pastor who rarely gambles. She claims she only bought a ticket to play the Powerball at a 7-Eleven store in Trenton because she felt compelled to play after having the numbers popped into her head.
On May 7, the family learned that they matched all six winning Powerball numbers. Moreover, Smith was the sole holder of the winning ticket.
They opted for the lump sum payment, which is $284 million after taxes. The winnings will be split in eights ways among her and her seven children. Ms. Smith described the experience as being inspired to play by “divine intervention”
The winning numbers for the May 6th draw were 5, 25, 26, 44, and 66 with the red Powerball number 9. The family – six sisters and one brother – met with a life coach and previous jackpot winners to learn from their experiences. They plan on tithing 10 percent of their winnings to God.
The next Powerball draw will be on Wednesday, June 1st. The jackpot at stake is currently at $90 million with a cash option of $65.5 million.
Meanwhile, the next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, May 31st, with an estimated jackpot of $235 million and a cash option of $153 million.