Powerball ticket

Three winners from Florida, Tennessee and California will share the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot -- the biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

Lottery officials confirmed three tickets matched all six winning numbers -- 08, 27, 34, 04, 19, and the Powerball, 10.

The $1.6 billion jackpot will be chopped down to $930 million if the winners choose the lump sum option. From there the three winners will each take home a check for $187 million after taxes.

A 7-Eleven clerk who sold the winning ticket in Chino Hills, California celebrated with over 100 people after the first winning ticket was confirmed to be sold there.

quote The 7-Eleven store will receive a small percentage of the jackpot for selling the winning ticket.

The Powerball frenzy sparked numerous hoaxes on social media.

The so-called "King of Instagram", narcissist Dan Blizerian, announced he bought $100,000 worth of Powerball tickets.

A Twitter user posted a photo of a fake winning ticket and tweeted "[Hit Me Up] if you want a mil #Powerball."

But experts say lottery winners rarely find happiness even after winning millions. Lottery winners often find they are overwhelmed with problems they never had to worry about before.

"The perception is that you're never going to worry about money again. In fact, you're going to have to worry about it more than you ever, ever have before," Paul Golden, a spokesman for the Denver-based non-profit National Endowment for Financial Education, told NBC News.

"All of a sudden you're kind of a celebrity, and a celebrity that people want to take advantage of," said Ron Riggio, a psychology professor who studies lottery winners.

Horror stories abound of past lottery winners whose lives ended in despair, tragedy and death.

"Everybody dreams of winning money, but nobody realizes the nightmares that come out of the woodwork, or the problems," said William "Bud" Post, a Pennsylvania man who won $162 million in 1998.

"I was much happier when I was broke," said Post, who died in 2006.

  • Just Keya

    Congrats to them!

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    That 7-11 was lit! LOL! Congrats to the winners.

  • RaginB

    I'm hating lol

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Well...

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Let the experts keep their opinions to themselves. I NEED to find out for my damn self.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Although it should have been me? but God told me what's for me will be! I Deserve! No? ? congrats to the winne? I'm not there yet lol.

  • SummerBaby

    Congrats to the winners. My daughter is not a believer in the lottery. She thinks if you win you have to sell your soul or make some type of sacrifice. I still purchased a ticket tho.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Congrats <3

  • Too Many Colors

    YES. I saw it on the news this morning. I was like dang they made their OWN party lol

  • Too Many Colors

    Congrats to ALL three man!

  • Yoni

    MAAAANN FVK YALL!!! *runs out the thread like Redd on Friday*

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    Damn Damn Damn...throws losing tickets away...back at work...and my coworker funky chitling breath ( they need to pull all his funkin teef out his mouf day all rotten)

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Amen ...... chile !!!

  • JJ

    Congrats to them but I feel bad for two in Florida as Florida law is to reveal winner name, city and where they won. I would've played here had it not been for that. Money is evil getting it that fast aND having everyone know about it brings out the wickedness not in the recipient but in those around them. If I could remain anonymous and have won honestly I wouldve played it cool until check got deposited in multiple accounts then quietly become withdrawn gotten fired on purpose and had everyone thinking I went insane and moved away while I'm actually on a island I own that only my mom, siblings and kids know about. God be with the winners hopefully they are fiscally savvy and mentally and spiritually centered

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Although I'm hating, my time is coming! I know it! *continues to wait patiently* ?

  • PettyEyezPrime

    That last sentence though ?

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    right..i watch it on the news..at first I thought all them had won! I was like dang...

  • Crazy tee

    Out of 930 they are only taking home 187....it helps don't get me wrong but at the same time it feels like a blow to the face....really have to watch how they spend

  • Yoni

    His colon is probably BLACK!

  • SummerBaby

    I'm just being honest. I got twins in college & currently looking for a new job. Life ain't been no crystal stair. ?

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    LOL!!!!

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I don't know not 1 happy broke person. Money may not bring happiness but broke ain't NEVE EVA, EVA EVA have me ?. Be smart with money and set yourself up to live comfortable. That in itself brings me happiness.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Money doesn't make you happy. That's the first mistake. If you're looking at the money for happiness you have already failed. The money would help make some other things in life easier so that you could focus on the things that actually make you happy.

  • Yoni

    Life is ALWAYS a crystal stair when you wake up on the opposite side of the ground. Belee dat! They in college ain't they? THAT would be/IS enough for me. You and I are in the SAME boat. Sans ONE kid. LOL

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Life is expensive. It will all work out *hugs*. You're a good mammy.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Three Winners Share Record $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot; But Experts say Winning Lottery Isn’t a Ticket to Happiness
    _____________________

    Listen, my broke, fat, miserable, bitter, uneducated ass would be happier than a muhfugga if I won that damn money. Hell, I'd be happy as shyt if I won $1,000.00. I be happy as hell when I find a damn dollar in the washing machine or dryer.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Exactly. Taxes my ass. Somebody takes their cut right off the damn top.

  • SummerBaby

    I found $4.00 in one of my winter coats the other day. I was so happy! ?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Did you guys see those folks that pooled their money together to buy 73,000 tickets?

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/nation/tampa-buddies-form-mother-of-all-powerball-pools-145000-for-72500-tickets/2261154

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    I really don't know what the hell is wrong...but when he breathes. That funk have this unit LIT..he always say to me? "why you looking at me like that" I'm looking like you don't SMELL that sh*t coming outchea mouf...

  • JJ

    The lump sum is like 2/3 of actual jackpot then they got to split it three ways and again government takes a big chunk taxing them. It's like a insane scam honestly they each lose hundreds of millions before the check is written. While getting 187 million is great it's like damn the first 313 million evaporated into air. Meanwhile while the tens to hundred million of people who bought tickets get zip and government gets 313 million

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Basically. Unexpected money is always a nice moment to have.

  • LabellaMior

    Hell when my ass won$ 40 at the nickel slot at the casino I was happy than a fat kid with cake...so yeh my azz would we overjoyed to win...100+million

  • Str8tUpMenace

    *starts booking my trips to Florida, Cali, and Tennessee to "personally congratulate the winners*

  • truth

    me too lol

  • LabellaMior

    Hehhehe heh hahahahah lort I hollered

  • Yoni

    He don't feed his ass an apple and some wota. Then leave an anonymous note on his desk that says....."I think you really need to see a dentist and a doctor." ~Signed *leave a care package of toothpase, toothbrushes, floss, (B)Listerine (the gold kind), gum, mints and a tube of Carmex (because you KNOW his lips done lost all feeling and color)* #total$7atthedollasto

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Wow. That's crazy. But I don't want to share my winning with 200 other people. But the way the odds cut down for them was cool. My boss has been in a lotto pool with some other ppl at my job for years. And by years I mean 15-20 years. It's maybe 8 of them and they each put in money each week. They have a contract written up so that if/when they do hit, they are all in agreement with what will happen.

  • Yoni

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAOOOOOOOOO

  • Sexy CJ

    CONGRATULATIONS..........

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    What's up with your Dental Plan?

  • Str8tUpMenace

    The owner or employee that was on the news, reminded me of Shock G from Digital Underground *dead*

  • SummerBaby

    I'm so grateful to wake up & be in the free world. I'm not complaining. I'm just trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life now that my kids are grown.

  • SG

    Me too ???

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Shock G, the one who put the satin in your panties! Ha! Let me go look up this man now...

  • hotntot95

    Tennessee, about 20min from me ............. *flips over table*

  • SG

    I read somewhere that 7 out of 10 lottery winners go right back to the financial state they were in ... In like 5 years, or something like that. I guess if you can't manage $187 dollars you will mismanage $187 million.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    A 7-11 near me (in So CAL) issued a ticket with 5 of the 6 numbers. I wish it was my ticket!

  • Yoni

    GIRL! *and we cried togeeeethhhaaaaaa* LOL

  • hotntot95

    Hell I bought 8 tickets...

  • Dee

    Give me the money and I will let you know if I am happy. Let me be the Guinne pig. PLEASE! Congrats to those lucky sonofaguns!!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    You have to be smart. When you show up to collect your money, you need a team... an accountant, an accountant for your accountant and an accountant for that accountant. You can need a plan of action for your money.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Best wishes to them ????

  • WetPntees

    Exactly!! Ain't that much damn taxes in the world! This is one crazy world we live in..

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I ain't pooling shyt with nobody !

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    It's ways around that if ya smart js ?

  • Yoni

    SPECIALLY NOT on my job with folks I don't even LIKE!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    And I wouldn't give a shyt .... Right now I would take a hundred dollars.. a dollar mo then what I had before ?

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Will teachers get a pay raise in these states?

  • Yoni

    I ain't agreeing with NOBODY on how to spend MY money. Folks are sneaky, prolly done had the contract altered but the signatures remain the same. Fvk ya! LOL

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Try nobody ! Play 1 ticket and let that be that fawk folks 2016- Infinity ??

  • Milani

    Good luck and congrats, I suppose...hopefully we won't see the winners in the news in a negative way after this :tea:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Pointless question when you already know the answer in this country js ?

  • Yoni

    Will the crumbling schools and budget cuts and levies be revived.......Find out on the next episode of as The Lottery Lies Turn....

  • Yoni

    I read somewhere that one of the winners is already rich. He said he don't need it, it's just icing on the cake. Greedy bitch.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Ion even care ! Their money... If they want to be a fool with it... Let em... Not my pockets ?

  • Milani

    Greedy bastard..why even bother, smh...

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Nah, they've all been friends for years, so I think they trust each other. And I doubt the contract says more than we agree to take a lump sum payout and split it evenly between xx list of people. But I feel you. I'm cool with a few people on my job. Close to a couple of them, but money can make ya funny, so I wouldn't do it myself. If I win, then I ain't sharing it with anyone else unless they were the other persons who won on their own ticket.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I don't need the money for happiness. I just need to get these bills off my damn back.

  • Yoni

    Because he can and I ain't mad at'em. This was one thing that EVERYBODY had a fair chance at doing. LOL

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile !

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I'm about to cry *falls down* you rich bish you

  • Milani

    I'm mad at him...he can donate that money to the poor Veteran fund, check made payable to me :yes:

  • LibraGirlonly

    I know that's right.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Dang

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    It's probably going right to Wall Street.

  • SpillyNillie

    That's what dey say....but ummmmm I think I'd be STR8!!

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Cuz I know who with me and who ain't. I ain't tryna buy family or friends foh.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    That laundry money is the best! I found overt $100 at 2 different banks recently. And 2, year old Christmas cards in my drawer. God be looking out. Lol.

  • Yoni

    Total help me sang! LOL

  • Too Many Colors

    Which one? He got a wife? I think he need a side piece. Where I'm relocating to? Is he old?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ! Come through..... Okay !

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    They are riding too; won't even get off your back.

  • Yoni

    #selfish LOL

  • Yoni

    Cali. Put me on once you get there.......I can leave today. LOL

    Straight gettin dat work in CALI-FOR-NYAH.....

  • SpillyNillie

    Greedy bitch!<--- I read that in Pat D Lucky voice

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    You know I'm witcha *slides beside you*

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I think he needs a few side pieces. Probably a (trap) baby too.

  • Just Keya

    Hello! If you was not rydin before I got the funds, please know I am NOT cutting a check. I was not beat for a friend when I was broke, and I sure won't be beat for one when I am rich. Tuh.

  • 1/8

    I'm debt-free. I'm in no danger of ever being destitute, but I would have enjoyed using that money to create my own charitable foundations.

    I have managed billion dollar portfolios for other people. I can certainly handle a few hundred million.

  • Here for the comments

    OK!!! Money ain't never brought happiness but it can pay sum bills though!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Ima stop going back reading shyt ? being good rose Smh...... What the hell is going on in here today.... Chile been working and missed a lot ... Folks need to drink acid I swear

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I don't want to talk about them no more. They won, we get it ??

  • Mel

    I mean the way folks surrounded that store in Cali I'm pretty sure the winner waiting until all that die down before he or she go claim it but chile listen idk bout them other folks but if I win ain't gon be no depression happening my bills will be paid hunnie

  • Just Keya

    an acid bleach combo. RIGHT NOW. STAT lol lol

  • Yoni

    CONFESSION..........

    I WAS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE POWERBALL WINNERS............but after taxes and Sallie Mae punk ass took me to a back alley and slide my pannies to the side without my consent and fvked me up. All while my lil homie car note, rent and THEIR miscellaneous friends watched. I had to return to this here $2 an hour desk job. Sorry Garden, we were about to be on. *sobsquietly*

  • PettyEyezPrime

    They can inhale ammonia and bleach at the samn damn time.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Friggin vultures I tell ya!

  • Just Keya

    We have to keep talking about them. No off topic stuff. Don't want to upset the lurkers or people who come in at night. -_-

  • Yoni

    But you HAVE TO stay on topic. You HAVE TO, it's the Garden way.

  • Just Keya

    When you only have to pay for hook....never mind. Let me shut up.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    They trying to keep a good woman down ?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Good luck to all the winners! :woohoo:

  • Yoni

    Who?

  • Just Keya

    So what is for lunch yall? I think I want a chicken breast sandwich on wheat bread and cheddar cheese with mayo....yummmm

  • Yoni

    Man listen. I will become a deaf mute in this bitch if anybody tries to talk to me. DEAF AND MUTE, you hear me? No? Ok. LMAO

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Of Course ?

  • PettyEyezPrime

    To all the people complaining about us complaining/having normal convos/asking questions FOH x's infinity.
    You think Monica played the lotto?
    Spicy buffalo sauce, Marie and side bish?
    What about *thinks* whoever else these post been about?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    That sounds so yummy! Eat for me lol

    I'll be having my regular 4lb salad lol

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Well somebody get the weed eater out.

  • Yoni

    Sallie don't EVER want to see a bitch happy.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I hate her! Greedy heffa!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    You don't have to read anything. If you come in at night to read all the comments from earlier in the day, maybe you need to go get yourself some other business to attend to.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I feel like some Panera Bread...

  • PettyEyezPrime

    This on topic or nah? Idk what I'm eating. Maybe a shrimp salad.

  • Yoni

    Salad. I need to do right.

  • Yoni

    She's a bitch!

  • JJ

    True if you win especially millions but overall big picture majority of the money basically vanishes and supposedly goes back to education system and etc but yet school budgets get tighter and tighter so where is the 313 million, 939 million taken combined from three winners actually go? Congress and other government branches and offices all claim they broke and even after this not a single one will increase any budget so who gets it

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Like?when you feel like typing. Give your hands something else to do.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Wing stop! Lemon pepper ?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Worried about what other folks are talking about? You ain't got to read the comments, you choose too. Read Sandras write up and keep your azz moving. You must be interested in folks are saying if you reading the comments.

    I'm going to go on Yahoo and tell the racist posters there that they are off topic and I don't want to read the racist stuff they say.

  • Bam Bam Li

    This! Then I'm taking my ass to a island with a few family members and disappearing like a mouse being caught in the kitchen in the middle of the night ????

  • _perfectly__incomplete__

    Horror stories abound of past lottery winners whose lives ended in despair, tragedy and death

    .....................................

    Lives end in death....really?

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Wait, whet????? This a new blog rule?????? What I miss?

  • Just Keya

    this

  • Just Keya

    Really I want a Cesar salad with shrimp and extra dressing...but I can't get it down where I am right now, without paying an arm and a leg. ugh. lol.

  • Just Keya

    Hell no but oh well. Shyt. lol lol

  • Str8tUpMenace

    We gon be sitster-side pieces.

  • Raisha Allen-Hill

    Thanks for trying to make us feel better about still being BROKE, lol

  • Auditor

    Tuh speak for yourself...my life would be lovely and so would my parents, sister, and nephew's. All the rest of my family can go suck a musty dack. I'd travel the world and fight for women's rights. Now there! I'd be like Jolie...

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Ha! You're petty and I love it!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    That sounds good. I either want Chick Fil A or a Cheeseburger. Both are bad but today has been a very rough day.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Yes, it's on the topic of Lunch and it is lunchtime.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yall got down in the Mia X ( :heart: ) post :rofl: :rofl:

  • Buttercup

    I'm eating turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans from the cafe downstairs. I'll probably be in a food coma in about 20 minutes. *belches*

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I cooked that for dinner last week.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I can count on ONE hand the number of people who would be on my money team if I win ??...Everbody else........

    .......

  • MissyJ

    Chile you had Sunday dinner

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    H.Y.F.R

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I'm fine with that. You won't see me out here in videos and pictures like these new age side pieces. I'm going to pay role and support the other wives.

  • Auditor

    Yup

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    A nap is what I'm having.

  • Auditor

    Fish tacos

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Didn't they?

  • Blue

    If I won, my first stop would be to pay off my student loan .. and direct Sallie Mae's lips to the blackest part of my booty

  • Yoni

    Alot. Start downstairs. LOL

  • Milani

    New Post

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I'm giving everybody else my azz to ?

  • Saharabutnotdry

    There ya go!

  • SandrasNewFave

    I was bout to get a divorce yesterday when hubs said all the hypothetical folks he was gonna help. Lawd knows I need this marriage more than those millions.
    Congrats to someone!

  • Yoni

    I am WEAK! LOL

  • Buttercup

    I've never made turkey meatloaf, but the cafe has me curious. Do you make yours the same as you would with beef?

  • Buttercup

    Hooooooney, George gets down in the cafe! I was a little disappointed that they didn't have the chicken eggplant parm, but the meatloaf was a nice substitute.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Wedding planning foundation ?

  • more

    Wished they would of broken down exactly what makes having lots of money a nightmare

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    In Delaware you don't have to disclose you won.... I would try that route since I live here. If I ever win ??

  • Sincerity7

    I would have to be the anonymous winner.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    I JUST WANT MY HOUSE AND CAR PAID FOR...I CAN WORK FOR ERR THANG ELSE!

  • Torae

    I guarantee a few million or a few hundred thousand will not make me unhappy......

  • Ria

    I was so sure I was going to win, I told my boss to f... off before I left work yesterday. Should be an interesting afternoon in the office today.

  • Ria

    I agree with your daughter. Especially if someone had win the whole 1.5 billion, there would be sacrifice made. To be at the top with the few elitist of the world, money is power, oh yes, you'd have to sell your soul.

  • more

    Please tell it like it is!

  • Ria

    The elitist of the world. The few that control the world.

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    She might be right! I think it might be a way to get our money..a 27 yr old investment banker? How convenient!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Yeah I do. I tweak the spices a little bit just because I don't really like turkey.

  • Mrs. Sunshine

    I tried to just get a Coke from the convient store yesterday , and that line was stupid. I'm just not into the lottery of any kind.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    This shyt right here really would've pissed me off

  • 1/8

    Too bad none of you had $30,000.00 to spend on lottery tickets, one of you could be a millionaire! ?

  • BLACK LOVE

    Give me the money I will show u a happy lotto winner....u got to move out your town go somewhere up out the US for a little bit to let the hype calm down

  • Imperfectly_perfect

    I'm saying...give me the 300 million & let me find out for myself.

  • T3

    I'll take my chances. I have problems now. So I can give rich people problems a shot.

  • SmithyPooh

    ?????? looking like a forged field trip slip!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    "But experts say lottery winners rarely find happiness even after winning millions."
    HA! I would. Bump everybody else. I would move to a remote island and CHILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

  • Olivia Nope

    Say that!!!!

  • Queen B

    This story made me feel so much better since i didnt win!!! ? Free slurpies for everyone lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Just because

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I swear we don't need to hang together.

  • Yoni

    I agree. But why not? LOL

  • Sheyonce

    FOH...it's my ticket to happiness lol. Congrats to the winners!

    My unsolicited advice: quit your job and use that time to learn how to stay wealthy, healthy and happy :) Also, don't tell anyone you won, change your number and don't open mail from strangers. That's all I got.