The local winners of the historic $1.58 billion Powerball drawing stepped forward yesterday (Wednesday, February 17, 2016) to collect their portion of the prize. Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt, Long Island transplants who have lived in Melbourne Beach since 1991, made their debut more than a month after the Florida Lottery announced that one of the winning tickets in the January 13 lottery was purchased in their town. The married couple has opted to take a lump sum of $327 million.
“No,” Smith said, when asked if she had any plans for the money beyond getting a massage. “We have to think about it. … I just know I want to help the special people in my life.”
“I will be retiring,” added Kaltschmidt, a longtime engineer with Northrop Grumman, who intends to replace his aging truck.
Smith said it was hard to keep their secret from their family and friends. Her husband agreed. “I lost 10 pounds,” he said. “There was a lot of pacing at night.”
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