Florida residents claim share of $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot

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Melbourne residents David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith bought their winning ticket last month at a Publix supermarket in their hometown. (KGO-TV)

We now know which lucky person in Florida won a giant piece of last month's historic $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.

Melbourne residents David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith bought their winning ticket last month at a Publix supermarket in their hometown.

The couple stepped forward Wednesday to claim their lump sum share of the prize, worth $327 million before taxes.

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Lottery officials announced someone in California, Tennessee and Florida won the Powerball, but it was a spectacle to see how people celebrated in Chino Hills.


The couple still can't believe they won.

"We didn't believe it. We just kept watching TV and going online and rechecking and rechecking," Smith said.

Then they announced the Publix, Melbourne Beach. We said uh oh, this is the real deal," Kaltschmidt added.

Three tickets matched all six winning numbers that were drawn January 13.

The first winning ticket was claimed in Munford, Tennessee and the other was sold at a 7-11 in Chino Hills in Southern California.

The Chino Hills winner has not yet come forward.

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So close yet so far away. Four Powerball tickets worth $638,000 each were sold in Cloverdale, Santa Rosa, Vacaville and Santa Cruz.

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