Couple claims to be Tennessee Powerball winners

Posted at 9:42 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 14:13:02-05

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MUNFORD, Tenn. (AP) — A couple went on NBC's "Today" show to claim they have a winning Powerball ticket that was sold in Munford, Tennessee.

John and Lisa Robinson appeared in NBC's studio on Friday and showed a ticket that had the winning numbers from Wednesday night's record $1.6 billion drawing. The Associated Press could not immediately verify their claim. There have been other hoax claims in the wake of the world-record jackpot and lottery officials have so far not announced any official winners.

The Tennessee couple live near the store where the winning ticket was bought. They say they will reach out to Tennessee lottery officials later Friday.

They say their lawyer advised them to go on TV first as a way of controlling the story.

John Robinson says he bought the ticket and three others Wednesday night while on the way home.

Two other winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California, and Melbourne Beach, Florida.