The Hubbard Family
$25.5 MILLION WIN A FAMILY AFFAIR
Close-Knit Family Will Keep Working, "But We'll Take a Few More Vacations!"
NASHVILLE - For the Hubbard family of South Pittsburg
, Tenn. , March 30-along with six certain numbers-will forever be etched
in their minds. The family, who owns Hub City Automotive Parts, learned
this morning that they were the first Tennessee Lottery players to win
the Powerball jackpot prize, estimated for last night's drawing at $25.5
"I screamed," said Bobbi Hubbard, 41. "Then I yelled to my husband and
everyone in the store that we had won the Powerball." Bobbi's husband,
Richie, 51, said she "fell on the floor" and he had to literally pick her
up. "This is it, this is it!" they screamed.
Bobbi and Richie, along with sons Brian and Brent, and their wives Stacey
and Angel, spent the afternoon at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in
Nashville to claim their monumental prize and share their excitement. In
addition to the jackpot prize, the Hubbards received a $25,000 retailer
bonus for selling the winning ticket, as their store is also a Lottery
retail outlet. Bobbi purchased the advance-draw ticket for 10 drawings
beginning with the March 2 drawing. She chose the Quick Pick option, in
which a computer generates the series of numbers for each play.
"We'll keep working ... some," said Brian. "But we'll take a few more
vacations!" The family, who hasn't decided if they will take a lump-sum
payment or the annuity payment plan, isn't worried about dividing the money
among themselves or that it will impact their long-standing camaraderie. "We're
a close-knit family and always have been," said Bobbi. In addition to the
comment about vacations, the Hubbards will pay bills, continue to grow
their business, and "do some good with it," said Bobbi.
"The only thing more exciting than our first multi-million dollar winner
is raising over $246 million for education, which is what we've done in
just over a year with help from players and retailers such as the Hubbards," said
Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery, after an afternoon
In addition to the Hubbards' win, another 12 players matched five of five
numbers correctly; five of them will win $500,000 each since they used
the Power Play option, while the other seven will win $100,000 each. Four
of those players arrived at the Lottery's headquarters today to claim their
· $500,000 winner James Currie of Jackson
· $100,000 winner Matthew Holloman of Nashville
· $100,000 winner Alan Cunningham of Knoxville
· $100,000 winner Anthony Broughton of Nashville .
The total in prizes from last night's Powerball drawing for Tennessee
players is $28,876,708.
The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first instant tickets on January
20, 2004. Proceeds as of December 31, 2004 have resulted in transfers to
the Lottery for Education Account of $231.2 million, in addition to more
than $2 million for after-school programs. All Lottery profits will go to
pay for specific education programs in Tennessee , which initially include
HOPE Scholarships. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com .