The winners of a record setting $420.9 million jackpot Powerball ticket - purchased at The Smoke Shop right here in Lafayette - have officially claimed their prize!
The drawing took place on Saturday night, November 26.
The winning ticket holders were a group of around 20 employees at the Tennessee Stamping factory in Portland, TN, that pool their money together twice a week to purchase over 100 tickets at The Smoke Shop.
Two of the winners - Steven Huffman and Amy & Richard O’Neal - are Macon County residents.
“We feel so blessed to be able to take care of our children and our children’s children,” said Amy. “But we also want to be sure that we give back to the community we love.”
Huffman, who lives on the westside of Macon County, said the timing of his lotto win could not be better.
“I didn’t know how I was going to pay for my daughter’s second year of college at Belmont,” he told the Chronicle. “Now I feel so blessed.”
Joyce Gregory, owner of The Smoke Shop, will also receive $25,000.
“I plan on giving part of the $25,000 to the best group of employees an owner could ever have,” she said smiling.
As of press time, the names of the other remaining winners are not available.
The winning numbers were 17-19-21-37-44 and Powerball 16 Power Play 2. The winning ticket matched all five regular numbers as well as the Powerball number. The chances of making that match are 1 in 292 million.
Officials at the TN Lottery indicate that this is the 200th ticket sold that was for at least $1 million dollars. It would be the 2nd largest jackpot in TN, and the 12th largest in US history. Earlier this year, a family in Munford, TN won a record setting $1.6 billion jackpot and their lump sum payout was $528 million dollars.
This version of the TN Lottery is played in 44 states across the country as well as Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Winners have up to six months to claim their prize. Suggested instructions for the potential winner are posted online at www.tnlottery.com.
According to a report given by the TN Lottery Fiscal Review in 2012, in that year of the $1.2 Billion dollars generated in lottery sales, $85 million went to retail commissions, $770 million were paid out in prizes, and only $310 million were actually net proceeds to fund various education projects like after-school programs and college scholarships.