A New Jersey woman and her seven daughters scooped a $429.6million Powerball jackpot after the winning numbers came to one if them in a dream. The winners, who invested just $6 to win the top prize, have been revealed as Pearlie Smith and her seven adult children, Valerie Arthur, Marsha, Jacqueline, Tracy, Rene, Katherine and Steven.
Oldest daughter Valerie, who served as spokeswoman for the Smith family at a press conference on Friday, said: ‘Our mother bought the ticket for us. We all pooled our money together and we left it in her hands.’
Valerie said: ‘Divine intervention gave us the numbers.’
‘No birthdays, no anniversary dates,’ she said.
She said the numbers came from a dream one of the family members had.
‘We live in different cities,’ she revealed.
Valerie is a retired prison administrator, and said she spent 27 years working for the Department of Corrections.
She said: ‘I know that everyone in the Department of Corrections will be calling me.’
They plan to tithe 10 per cent of the money to their church.
The ticket is the largest single jackpot winning ticket sold in New Jersey and the sixth-largest in Powerball history.
The winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66, and the Powerball number was 9.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2million, there’s a greater chance of becoming president.