Meet John and Lisa Robinson, the Munford, Tennessee, couple who claim they have a winning Powerball ticket from the $1.6 billion jackpot. "I went back to the store and had a cashier scan the ticket".
Getting such a windfall is the start of a "new journey" and the winners should be prepared with lawyers, accountants and financial planners before they come forward, California Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez said.
Lottery officials say they will not know who the California victor is until that person comes to a lottery office to claim his or her prize.
"The American public wants to hear from them", Townsend said.
"I am a little overwhelmed and excited", Lisa Robinson said during the afternoon press conference.
And both plan to return to work on Monday, because "that's what we've done all our lives, is work", Robinson said.
"I said, 'Tiffany, we got the winning numbers', John said". All three states with winners have laws requiring their names to be released publicly, according to the Powerball website.
The mom was working her regular 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift as the RN supervisor at Park Avenue Healthcare & Wellness Center in Pomona on Wednesday when the son sent the image of the doctored ticket bearing the six winning numbers for the staggering $1.6 billion Powerball prize.
Despite the couple coming forward, the two other winners are yet to be confirmed. Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich told The AP that he was exposed because of the state's policy of identifying winners.
Traverso said the best way lottery officials have to spot fakes on social media is the number sequence at the bottom of the ticket, just above the bar code. They say they will reach out to Tennessee lottery officials later Friday.
Their winning ticket was purchased at Naifeh's Food Mart in the small town of Munford, Tennessee. "We lived in poverty, and our parents struggled to move us here and make sure we all got a good education", the relative said. She went to the Wawa, the clerk scanned her ticket. "I knew that I wanted to get a lawyer and try to follow the procedures that they tell you to follow".
The Wawa store gets US$2500 ($38,000) for selling the winning ticket.
A Tennessee couple who says they won a share of the $1.6B Powerball has arrived at lottery headquarters to have their ticket checked. They praised their neighbors in Munford, just north of Memphis in Tipton County, as "wonderful neighbors".
Tiffany said she also wants a horse.
After the numbers were announced, Lisa Robinson was the first to realize they had won.