Tennessee couple wins share of $1.6B lottery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lottery officials are confirming that a Tennessee couple has one of the three winning Powerball tickets for the $1.6 billion jackpot.

Tennessee lottery president Rebecca Hargrove said Friday that John and Lisa Robinson had the winning ticket and the lottery had verified it. The Robinsons are from Munford, Tennessee, a small town about 25 miles north of Memphis. The other winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California, and Melbourne Beach, Florida. Those winners have not been announced yet.

The Robinsons appeared on the “Today” show earlier Friday and said they had a winning ticket.

Robinson said he bought the winning ticket at his wife’s request at the family-owned Naifeh’s grocery on his way home from work, even though he wasn’t feeling well. He bought four quick-pick tickets, one for each family member, then gave them to his wife and went to lie down when he got home. She stayed up to watch the Wednesday night drawing, carefully writing down the numbers.

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