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A 70-year-old New Jersey woman will split her $429.6 million Powerball jackpot with her seven children.

“I’m still trying to figure out what it’s like [to be a millionaire],” said Pearlie Smith, who purchased the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Trenton.

Smith purchased 2 tickets for $6 for the drawings held May 7 and Wednesday.

She was joined at Lottery headquarters in Lawrenceville by her seven children Valerie Arthur, Marsha Smith, Jackie Sessoms, Tracey Smith, Steven Smith, Rene Smith and Katherine Nunnally.

"The numbers chosen are not birthdays or anniversaries. We had divine intervention," said Arthur, the eldest of Smith's 7 children.

“I bet a lot of you are wishing you were me right now,” Arthur joked.

Sadly, Arthur and her siblings don't realize their lives are about to change for the worse. Just ask NC's $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes.

The late, great Biggie Smalls wasn't kidding when he said "mo' money, mo' problems."

  • marquise0691

    "Divine intervention" so how much is the church getting??

  • bemetoo

    damn why cant i win..

  • bemetoo

    not a got damn thang

  • Chile_Pleeze

    I'd give them exactly what they gave me. ..an envelope to pay me with. ..

  • LipstickANDlace

    ?????

  • Bam Bam Li

    Man, just give me a few grands and I'd be happy ?

  • charallday

    Thats beautiful and from my home state on the side I'm from no less, South Jersey yass,??

  • side_i

    Everybody better get a lawyer, and move away.

  • lil goodie

    I'm happy for anyone who can get it... just do good by it..and DON'T BE A DUMMY AND BE BROKE IN 5 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! invest and live for tomorrow not today..GOD BLESS

  • nekkkyj

    Congratulations to them

  • Yardgirl

    Awww that is great!! ???? Since everyone is getting their share, it's their responsibility to use the money wisely. Blow your cut, you shyte outta luck?

  • Renee Bee

    Won't He do it? Yasssssss He will!

  • country57

    Happy for them. Blessings all around.

  • Real Miss Missy (Miss)

    I know they are happy but, those so called long lost relatives will be contacting very soon... People they've never seen or heard of. ?

  • Nataliegaye

    She actually said she would be giving 10 pecent when I saw the family interview...I was like whaaaaa

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I hope her daughters use the money to get better hairstyles.

  • JerseyMom

    I rather have problems with mo money tho.

  • http://disqus.com/ yoliewinecorporation

    Congratulations a Blessing

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    So they did quick picks?? Divine intervention? I swear the only time I came close to winning was when I had 4 out of 6 numbers. I picked my numbers. U hear all the time to pick ur own number, but I think it's either or. Many, many jackpot winners did QP and came out on top. It's a crap shoot. Congrats to her though.

  • Hmmm~?

    Well, it's best that she just give them their cuts. We all know how black folks are when it comes to family members coming across some money.

  • Auditor

    I told my parents and sister I'd give them up to the max every year to avoid gift taxes. My momma said just split it evenly and we could go up there together to get the winning prize. I'm like I'm tryna save money not give it all away to the gov lady!

  • Auditor

    Nope statistics say you're more likely to win on a quick pick. I've won twice with quick picks...wasn't ish though lol. First time I bought a pack of condoms lol.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I'd give my church something but not 10% off the top. Your comment made me laugh and spit on my child. Damnit. Lol

  • Tammie Reed

    Its about to go down! Geesh!

  • product of 79

    Listen... Ima need to play the number SAP ?

  • Lisa daniels

    Make that 100,000. I will work part-time the rest my nature life and then quit when I want too. Be like I got money the bank, I don't need this job

  • hi-liter

    They seem like they might make smart and calculated moves since they went and hired attorneys and things before coming forward. Hopefully they can stick together as a family and don't let the money tear them apart.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Congrats to them.

  • AnonymousRose

    Lord watch over this woman and her kids, cover Them as they try to live with his kinda money, I pray

  • Ni Ni

    That's a blessing. I hope she can enjoy it and the kids spend it wisely.

  • Look@m3

    Because you not giving 10% lol

  • Look@m3

    Lmao...that's why you don't tell email

  • https://www.tracycainmedia.com Ms.Quin Marshall

    Which one is the mom?

  • Teresa Uriel

    I personally wouldn't give no SUN-day church NOTHING!.....they don't Teach nothing, so they gets nothing.

  • Jaclyn McDade

    "I am doing a job online",....sf240
    that allowed me to make greater than 60k since January 2016... I am currently connected with an organisation that offers home based jobs ..Even..new members can reach..zx.. to 50 d an hr. I could not believe..it when I first heard about that .

    Learn More

  • Mel

    Congrats to her but watch long lost relatives bout to come out the woodwork, all of a sudden a close friend gon be having financial problems and gon need help and the list goes on. It's a gift and a curse

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    LMAO DON'T BRING LOTTO MARIE INTO THUS! THEY ACKNOWLEGED THE DIVINE INTERVENTION... LETTUCE PRAY THEY STAY ON THE STRAIGHTNARROW

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    THEY ALL NEED TO MOVE! ASAP

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    TRUTH!

  • IamAllnatural

    She behind them

  • IamAllnatural

    Congrats to them, wish it was me

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    I PUT $1 IN WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK AND IT WAS ALL THE CASH I HAD...I KID YOU NOT - THERE WAS A DOLLAR OUTSIDE MY CUBICLE THE NEXT MORNING...IT'S ALL IN HOW YOU GIVE!

    I EVEN ASKED AROUND AND NOBODY WAS MISSING A BUCK. HE'LL DO IT IF YOU LET HIM!

  • Tammy GILBERT

    why did they show their faces? do they have to? nope

  • Tammy GILBERT

    i hope so to please please don"t let that money run yall don"t let it come between yall/invest smart find the right people be real smart family

  • side_i

    Who do you think those ppl in the picture are?? Is this a trick question??

  • Storm’s Rage!

    lmfao. i know that preacher is also looking to upgrade, the house, the cars and the wardrobe...lol

  • Soda

    It is possible to believe in God without church involvement.

  • minkpink

    all of it.

  • minkpink

    I'd put 10% of my first fruits and harvest in the damn basket of a apple, I labored with when I went to the store and brought it. The preacher told yall The Most High meant money and that's a damn lie, He wasn't talking a money.

  • charallday

    Lol, good, wisely spent

  • B.Loveitt

    It came to her in a dream. The church will get so ATL news stations reported 10%.

  • B.Loveitt

    Ha! I like you!

  • B.Loveitt

    Yeap but ninjas don't wanna hear it. They like their pastors in expensive cars, vacations and helicopter pads at the crib. We must not forget they had a calling and God is blessing them. Free will has nothing to do with pastors who figure out I can get over on these people, so thy shall. God would want me to -> it's my calling. IJS

  • PK

    Isn't it a sin to gamble, play da numbas, lotto, etc? Why folk always bring God into everything? Does God also tell people to keep their hard earned money in the bank and save a little somethin instead of giving it away in the hopes of winning the mega?????

  • A D N

    Can I have the challenge of mo money mo problems please?

  • TaylorFinallyMadeIt

    I screamed! Lord forgive me! LOL

  • Meme81

    New Jersey? I could have some kin there!

  • 3princessesmommy

    She said they are giving the church 10%... We shall see...

  • 3princessesmommy

    That wasn't a very nice statement for her to make (the daughter)... "I bet a lot of you are wishing you were me right now"... Ok... I'm like Sandra, I hope they don't think it's all "peaches and cream."

  • mirror

    Marie Holmes? Don't be a fool I can see right through her situation that girl did not win that lottery the boyfriend did, do you really think if she won she would still be in a small town in North Carolina she clearly would have moved that boyfriend won the money and she claimed the ticket for him do to his illegal activities and the people he deals with it was smarter for her to clean the ticket for him. So in reality she's not bailing him out with her lottery money that's his money to begin with that's why all that money keeps going to him and on his books

  • mirror

    Marie Holmes? Don't be a fool I can see right through her situation that girl did not win that lottery the boyfriend did, do you really think if she won she would still be in a small town in North Carolina she clearly would have moved that boyfriend won the money and she claimed the ticket for him do to his illegal activities and the people he deals with it was smarter for her to clean the ticket for him. So in reality she's not bailing him out with her lottery money that's his money to begin with that's why all that money keeps going to him and on his books

  • mirror

    Marie Holmes? Don't be a fool I can see right through her situation that girl did not win that lottery the boyfriend did, do you really think if she won she would still be in a small town in North Carolina she clearly would have moved that boyfriend won the money and she claimed the ticket for him do to his illegal activities and the people he deals with it was smarter for her to clean the ticket for him. So in reality she's not bailing him out with her lottery money that's his money to begin with that's why all that money keeps going to him and on his books

  • mirror

    So my comment gets deleted ?

  • mirror

    I screenshot my comment tho

  • mirror

    Marie Holmes, everyone knows the boyfriend won the lotto and she is the one that claimed the tkt. His criminal past and associates is the reason she claimed it for him.
    When she keeps Bailing him out she's actually using his own money.
    Why do you think she hasn't moved from that town yet? I see right thru them, Thats the rumor mill and seems legit

  • mirror

    So my comment keeps getting deleted ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Jenifer Lewis doing that 'prepared faint'.
    She can't even fake it. She's not falling down right.
    Trying to faint without hurting herself.
    Ha, ha, ha!!

  • soflystann

    Now they can all find a stylist and get sew in! Chile, their body language screams I'm Tired...

  • bemetoo

    ????

  • Renee Bee

    You, Sir. Leave my girl alone. She caught the spirit and the vapors! Lol.

  • Future Styles

    “I bet a lot of you are wishing you were me right now,” Arthur joked.

    You're lucky and blessed to win millions and you're going to be a smug asshole about it? Some people I tell you.

  • TheWildChild

    Awesome and blessings to them. ? Glad to see them standing in this photo. Previously at the Lotto press conference they were all sitting like they're feet were aching. With all those coins we can see a major weight loss transformation, which will allow them to live longer to enjoy their blessings. ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ha,ha,ha!!!
    She didn't faint until she knew people were going to break her fall and she did it all 'gently'.
    LOL

  • TooMunch

    Beautiful story

  • Sainthella

    You must not know any 70 year old black woman who are in the church they don't play about thithes and offering I'm sure she's been doing it the majority of her life

  • Sainthella

    she picked her numbers

  • Desiree

    I think when you win the lottery you have to go public. Don't understand that cuz something like that should be anonymous. Lett'em read about it, lol..

  • Arii

    I seriously doubt that any man would let his girlfriend claim a HUGE lottery ticket just to avoid his criminal past. If he won that lottery he had enough money to pay anyone off, move to another country and start all over rich as hell. Nah, that was her ticket. She is in love. She is dumb.

  • Queen B

    Thats beautiful!!! I wonder if she wants to adopt an 8th child ? I hope this money brings peace and joy to their lives without the leaches coming thru!!

  • 3princessesmommy

    My mother happens to be one of them. I was all for her doing it, my comment was to the people who doubted her.

  • Sainthella

    Oh okay I misunderstood cause I know all the woman I grew up with in church would gladly write that check

  • http://geritol.com/ Brick House

    They have pledged 10% to the church, the Mother that purchased the ticket is a Pastor.