Tennessee Couple Claims Powerball Winnings, Won’t Make Big Changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
The home of John and Lisa Robinson in Munford, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
The home of John and Lisa Robinson in Munford, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

The small-town Tennessee couple that bought one of three magic tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they don’t plan to quit their jobs or buy a new house.

John Robinson and wife Lisa went to the Tennessee lottery headquarters in Nashville to have their winning ticket verified by lottery officials Friday.

The couple’s lump-sum payout is about $327 million. The ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing was bought at a grocery store in their west Tennessee hometown of Munford, population 6,000. Two other winning tickets were bought in California and Florida.

The Robinsons said they won’t stop working and won’t make any wild purchases. They’ll pay off their mortgage and their daughter’s student loans, but have no desire to move from their one-story house in a close-knit community.