Powerball Winners Come Forward to Claim Part of $1.58 Billion Jackpot

John and Lisa Robinson from Tennessee revealed they owned one of the first of three Powerball jackpot winning tickets.
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You know, literally millions of Americans have their dreams of mega wealth through a mega jackpot dashed on Wednesday night's powerball drawing. At least three lucky ticket holders did hit it big-time, $1.6 billion, a world record. Tonight we're hearing from the Tennessee couple, the first winners to come forward to claim their very big slice of the very big powerball pie. ABC's Steve osunsami has their story. Reporter: It's a champagne dream come true. Meet John and Lisa Robinson, daughter tiffany, dog Abby. We're going to take the lump July. Why? Because we're not guaranteed tomorrow. Amen to that. Reporter: Tonight they're saying good-bye to middle class and hello to Uber Uber rich. Congratulations. It's a little piece of the pie. Reporter: A story you can't help but love. A family from small towel Mumford, Tennessee, home to one stop light and fewer than 6,000 people. Lisa works in a dermatologist's office. Her husband at a maintenanaenance distribution center transfer they live down the street from this grocery store where he's seen on security camera buying the winning ticket. I was on my way home from work. She told me, you're going to pick us up a couple lottery tickets? I told her, I really don't feel like picking them up, but I'll stop at the store and buy the tickets. Reporter: When those lucky balls rolled down one by one on Wednesday night, Lisa could hardly believe her eyes. Well, I was running down the hallway screaming and crying. And I said, you got to check the Numbers. He woke up in a dead sleep, he's all startled, what, what? He looked at them three or four times and he says, baby, I think these are the right Numbers. Reporter: Remember the chaos that broke out at the 7-eleven where winning jackpot ticket was hold in chino hills, California? They were cheering for the all-star clerk. It felt like something out of a movie. I'm envious of the winner. I love it. Reporter: Lotto officials gave the owner a $1 million check just for selling the winning ticket. In no time word spread about a California winner. This Los Angeles nursing home. Somebody won lotto. Reporter: Cheering for one of their nurses, a mother of seven. Honestly it couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Reporter: The party short-lived. The nurse who thought she won said it was an embarrassing prank from her son. Her daughter tells the "L.A. Times," this is one big misunderstanding. Her boss, who bought 18,000 tickets for staff, including hers, still believes this nurse is a winner. She had two hours left to her shift and she stayed the two hours. I was extremely impressed. Reporter: Tonight there remains no confirmation on the winner out west but the nurse in the L.A. Suburbs has reportedly shared with her employer that she's going on leave effective immediately until things cool off. As for Florida, there's no word yet on the winner there either. The Robinsons and the winners still to be identified are especially lucky. All three tickets were sold in states that don't tax lottery winnings or have no state income tax. The jackpot delivered plenty of consolation prizes. $1 million, $2 million winners in at least 26 states who matched 5 of 6 Numbers, including a group of preschool teachers in Kentucky who rushed to claim their prize. Some of them still owe student loan. While winning the big one sounds like a dream come true -- the massive worlds you could buy, cars -- the dream could turn into a nightmare. The biggest mistake winners make is acting too quickly. They don't take a breath, they don't take time to figure out what their goals are and how to best achieve them. Reporter: Money adviser Susan Bradley helps lottery winners avoid the potential crash and burn. I learn to ask an important question. What matters to you? What matters most in your life? That starts a conversation. Reporter: She says sudden life change requires focus. If you can anchor into something that is critically important, your deep values, you have a really good shot of having a very good time with this money. Reporter: Sandra Hayes, a former winner, agrees. Make wise investments. You don't want to buy a million-dollar home, necessarily. But you want something a little more than what you had but you have to be within reason. Reporter: She and 12 of her co-workers won a $224 million powerball jackpot in 2006. When she was a single mom living on food stamps. She's lived the dream while keeping her feet firmly planted here on Earth. I paid off my house. The second thing I did was I bought a car. Reporter: As for the Robinsons in Tennessee, lotto lawyer Jason Kerlin says they've gone about winning the smart way. I verified that what you're looking at is right. Then I knew I had to do something. First thing make sure you're the winner. Double-check, triple check your ticket. Next, sign the back of the ticket. They did that. I saw at the press conference, she went to the Tennessee lottery website and followed the instructions, perfect. Hired an attorney, perfect. Hired a financial planner, perfect. If I had that ticket in my hand all my stresses would just melt away? No actually more stress comes with that ticket. No one can project and understand what it feels like to be a lottery winner. I worked with many and I can't tell you what they feel. It's very strong. It's emotionally turbulent. It can be wonderful. But it's one of the strongest experiences one will ever have in their life. Reporter: When they spoke in front of cameras Lisa Robinson broke down explaining how they now plan to help their daughter. Our daughter had some -- They're going to help me. They'll be back to work first thing Monday morning. That's what we've done all our lives. They have the love of their family and a sense of purpose. Something even those of us who aren't millionaires can agree is worth more than all the money in the world. I'm Steve osunsami for "Nightline" in Mumford, Tennessee.

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