When Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven adult children won a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot in 2016, they promised to give 10 percent of their winnings — the largest jackpot ever won in New Jersey — to their church and to help others.
Almost immediately, the Trenton family donated a portion of their winnings to set up the Smith Family Foundation to dole out grants to charities that support their mission to give back to the community. They view their windfall as a way to uphold their strong faith and continue to bless others, but in an even bigger way.
"This is all about God's work," said Katherine Nunnally, 42, executive director of the foundation and one of seven siblings who shared the jackpot with their mother. "The money allowed the story to unfold the way God intended it.