Couple wins one of the biggest Powerball jackpots in history


David Kaltschmidt and his wife Maureen Smith became $328 million dollars richer overnight.

Despite winning one of the biggest Powerball jackpot in history, a source reveals the couple have changed almost nothing about their everyday lives.

Their three-way share of the record $1.56 billion prize catapulted the pair into the ranks of America’s super-rich with more than enough funds for expensive luxuries.

Instead, they have turned down the high-life by staying put in their modest $300,000 Florida home, going to the same shops and restaurants as before – and even continue to play Powerball.

“They have hundreds of millions burning a hole in their pocket but it’s almost as if nothing has changed,” voiced a friend. “They are as conservative as ever.”

Maureen, 71, still does the weekly shop and chats with checkout staff in the same Publix where she bought the winning ticket 18 months ago.

Ex-engineer David, 56, promised to buy himself a new car after going public in February 2016 to collect a lump sum payment before taxes of $327.8 million.

Locals in Melbourne Beach, Florida were shocked when the couple traded in their gold-colored SUV for a newer, but near-identical, gold SUV.

And despite having enough money to afford a massive yacht, the keen fisherman still takes his 15ft Boston Whaler out on the water.

The couple’s one splurge is a $90,000 Tesla in matching gold for Maureen. It also has a vanity plate.

As for the remaining hundreds of millions friends and neighbors can only speculate on where it’s being spent.

Originally from Central Islip on New York’s Long Island, David and Maureen have been married 37 years and moved to sleepy Melbourne Beach on the Florida coast in 1991.

Maureen, a homemaker and former Avon Lady, has two grown up children: 50-year-old Michael who still lives in Long Island and Denise 47, who lives in the UK. She and her husband picked the same random set of lottery numbers – 4 8 19 27 34 with a Powerball of 10 – for three decades before landing the huge prize with two other tickets.

On the advice of lawyers, the couple kept the win secret for a month, even from Michael and Denise, before telling them on the eve of the announcement. In their press conference, David said the thought of having millions of dollars had given him sleepless nights. The stress caused him to lose 10 lbs.
“Instead of designing airplanes, I’m going to be doing charities and tax strategies and investments,” he said, giving the merest of hints about his spending plans.

Each winner had to choose between a $328 million lump sum or their entire $528 million delivered in 30 annual payments. Like fellow winners John and Lisa Robertson of Munford, Tennessee, and Marvin and Mae Acosta of Chino Hills, California, David and Maureen opted for the one-off payment due to their age.

David and Maureen’s massive jackpot win also benefited others. The Publix store received $100,000 for selling the winning ticket and the Powerball generated $114 million for schools in the state of Florida.

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