American lotteries have been almost a tradition for players who have access to 2 weekly draws since the 1990s, and ever since, they have been delivering great prizes.
Recently three families got to split the almost 1,6 billion dollars prize they won with Powerball. This prize was one of the most remembered in history. The Powerball achieved that great result after having accumulated during 20 drawings and in the end, the prize was won by three lucky winners from California, Florida and Tennessee. Each of them decided to receive the prize in cash, so instead of receiving their prize for 584 million, each took 327 million dollars, before taxes. Even after deducting these, the winners would be richer than the Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer or music superstar Beyonce.
The probability of winning was one in 292 million, so remote that one was 246 times more likely to be struck by lightning, according to The New York Times.
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John and Lisa Robinson were one of the lucky families who took a third of the millionaire fortune and said they wanted to keep a quiet life without many worries so they would seek financial counselling and advice so that their money did not disappear quickly. They lived in Tennessee, but they told different media outlets that they bought a bigger house (more like a mansion), with ten rooms, eight bathrooms, a theatre and 320 hectares of land. The house cost them a little more than $ 6.2 million, about 1% of the prize given to them by the American Powerball lottery.
The Acosta family, Mae and Marvin also claimed their prize, but they refused to talk to the media. Not much is yet known about them, apart from the fact that they claimed their prize six months after winning. The Acosta kept their identity a secret but said that they were forming a group of experts who would collaborate with their future finances.
Finally, the third winner, Maureen Smith, is a 70-year-old woman from Melbourne Beach, Florida and also claimed a third of her winnings. She told the Florida lottery that she had played the lottery - and always bought the same six numbers - for years, which led her to win an incredible fortune of over 300 million dollars!
Since the 1990s American lotteries have been rewarding millions of winners and as you can see, there are those who go against the odds and in fact, have hit the winning numbers to take prizes of more than 500 million dollars! In fact, only the Powerball of the United States has managed to accumulate an immense sum of 1.5 billion dollars. It can happen again, any time, so don't stop playing!