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Mom, 7 adult children win $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, plan to tithe

Mom, 7 adult children win $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, plan to tithe

A woman and her seven adult children stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot and said they have plans to tithe to their church, go on a family vacation and help their community.

But mostly they're just still letting it sink in.

"Wow. That's what it's like," Pearlie Mae Smith, 70, said at a news conference at state lottery headquarters with her children. "I'm still trying to figure out what it's like."

Smith's daughter Valerie Arthur, who retired after 27 years as a state corrections administrator last August, said she expected "in about an hour from now everyone we know will come out of the woodwork."

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