Powerball Winners Score the Ultimate Jackpot


– Imagine watching
the Powerball drawing and realizing you have a ticket
with every single winning number in a $1.6 billion jackpot. That’s what happened
to our next guests. From Munford, Tennessee, please welcome
Lisa and John Robinson. Everybody was buying tickets. I mean, obviously, ’cause it
kept growing and growing, and everybody was just like,
“Oh, my God. This is now over
a billion dollars.” So, what does it fee–
has it sunk in? Do you–what does it
feel like right now? – It’s hasn’t–
– It’s a dream, and I don’t want to wake up
right now. – Uh-huh.
– It feels pretty good. – Yeah.
Oh, I’m sure it feels pretty– it’s a stupid question, really. So, how did you purchase it?
Who purchased it? and how did that happen? – Well, I purchased the ticket,
and I was on my– – By my request.
– At her–that’s right. I was on my way home from work,
and she called me. She said,
“Are you going to stop and get a couple
of lottery tickets?” I said, “Nah, I really don’t
feel like stopping ’cause I don’t feel good.”
I didn’t feel good that day. – I’m sorry,
do you normally play though? Do you normally buy tickets? – Only when it’s huge.
– Okay, all right. – Yeah.
Always just a little bit. – Okay. So, you didn’t
feel well and you stopped. – I stopped at the store,
and I just went in there, and told the lady, “I want four
Quick Pick tickets.” Got the tickets,
and came home, and I handed it to Lisa,
and I said, “I don’t feel good. I’m fixing to go lay down,” and I went and laid down
on the couch and went to sleep. – Yes, he went to sleep. – All right, so he’s asleep, and then how did you find out
that you won? – Well, I watched it at 10:00
when they gave out the numbers. I wrote ’em down ’cause I knew
if I didn’t write ’em down, I’d forget the numbers, so
I said, “Okay, write ’em down.” I started looking
at the tickets, and I got to the third one,
and I was, like, “Okay, this number matches
and this number matches.” The closer I got
to the Powerball number, I was, like, “Oh, my gosh.
These numbers are matching up.” And so I looked again,
and I took my finger, and I hit the number
on the paper and the number on the ticket.
Paper and on the ticket. I was, like, “Oh, my gosh.
These match.” – I mean,
was your heart just racing? What is that feeling
when you–you– could you even comprehend
that it– – I looked at the ticket
and I was, like, “Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.
He’s gonna freak out. He’s in there sleeping.” So I went running down
the hallway, “John, John,
you gotta check these numbers,” and I’ll let you
tell that part. – I was asleep on the couch,
but before I went to sleep, I was hot. So I had this white rag
on the top of my head to cool my head. I know what it must have
looked like, but she come running down
the hall. I didn’t know
what was going on. And she startled me.
I jump up, and you can just imagine
what it looked like. – I said, “Check these numbers!
Check these numbers!” – Did you just look at it
and go back to sleep? – No, I checked the numbers,
like, four times. – Oh, no.
– Uh-huh. – And I said, “Yeah, Lisa,
these are the numbers, “but I want to make sure
that I get it from a reputable source
in the morning,” like one of the news agencies,
say, “Yeah, there’s a winner
in Munford.” So, uh, and we stayed up
the rest of the night. Couldn’t go back to sleep.
– Sure. – And then once the news
came on at 4:30 in the morning, then we realized
that we had the winning ticket. – Okay, so when you sign
the paperwork, ’cause then there’s all this
stuff that you have to do, and you’re in there
signing the paperwork, what does that feel like? – It was a little overwhelming,
signing a lot of papers and then, you know, like,
seeing some numbers on there, ’cause that was what was really,
like, “Oh, my gosh.” And then all of a sudden,
the attorney walks in and says, “I have Ellen on the phone. She wants to know
if you’d come do the show.” And I was, like,
“Okay, I’ll talk to her,” but I was supposed to be
signing papers now. And I’m, like,
“Okay, give me a few minutes. Can I call you back?” – I mean… And there’s Abby, your dog,
with you. You have to take your dog
with you everywhere. – That’s true.
– So that is– so that feels amazing,
and I know it’s overwhelming because people must be
just coming out of the woodwork, and it must be hard for you
to go back to work and have a life because,
you know, the thing is you don’t change,
but everybody around you changes because you’ve got
a lot of money. – We getting tubs of mail
that–from everybody. – I haven’t seen that much mail
in 33 years that we’ve been married.
– Yeah, yeah, yeah. – That’s including bills. – But it’s people wanting
something from you. People wanting stuff
and money and stuff. – Right, right.
– So that’s really a shame about this because it’s really
an amazing thing, and everybody plays to win, and everybody wants to do
something good with the money, and whatever you do with it. And then there are people
that come out of the woodwork trying to get money from you. So it’s really a shame that
that happens. And I hope that people stop
doing that ’cause it’s not fair. ‘Cause if, you know,
they’re just, you know, they played like
everybody else played. All right, well,
we’re going to take a break, and I have a little gift
for you for coming. So we’ll be back. So it’s a lot of money
that you got, and so you’re gonna need
a bigger wallet, so I got you a wallet that will
hold some–a bigger amount. And in the wallet,
it’s not as big as– but there’s four
Powerball tickets. It’s only up to 75 million, but, you know…
– Thank you. – Can you imagine? – And if one of those win,
do we share? – If one of those wins,
that’ll be crazy if you– but it’s up to 75 million,
so it’s nothing to you, but I also got everybody here
a ticket– a Powerball ticket
for the 75 million. [cheers and applause] – Whoo!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *