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Grocery shopping Atlanta couple bag $246.8M Powerball jackpot prize
ATLANTA – William and Heather ten Broeke were grocery shopping when Heather reminded her husband to buy a Powerball ticket for the Sept. 17 drawing.
“Aren’t you going to get a ticket?” Mrs. ten Broeke, 38, asked.
“Without her reminding me to buy the ticket, we wouldn’t have won,” said Mr. ten Broeke, 46.
The ten Broekes arrived at Georgia Lottery headquarters Monday to claim the $246,764,131 million jackpot prize. They selected the cash option, which totaled $165,613,511 before taxes.
A few days after the drawing, they checked their ticket after seeing news reports that the winning ticket purchased in their area still hadn’t been claimed.
“We were shocked,” Mr. ten Broeke said. “We couldn't believe it. We checked the numbers numerous times.”
The ten Broekes reside in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta. Married five years, they have one child and two dogs.
Mr. ten Broeke works as a commercial credit officer. Mrs. Ten Broeke is a cardiac device specialist.
Their immediate plans are to invest, travel, help family and donate to charity.
Publix Super Market #1363 in Brookhaven, 104 Town Blvd., Atlanta, sold the lucky Quik Pik ticket.
Winning numbers from the Sept. 17 Powerball drawing were: 9-19-51-55-62 and the Powerball was 14.
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $17.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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