While common knowledge suggests that money changes everything, two of the winners of the largest Powerball jackpot in history haven’t let the windfall alter their daily lives. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith, a married couple, didn’t buy a new house and they continue to shop at the same stores they did previously. They even still buy lotto tickets.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Kaltschmidt and Smith took home $328 million, the lump sum option from their portion of a $1.56 billion prize. Instead of transforming their lives after the win, the couple made very few obvious lifestyle changes.
The most obvious post-lotto purchase the pair made is the $90,000 Tesla Smith drives. Katlschmidt also got a newer vehicle but chose an updated version of his previous SUV.
The couple remained in their $300,000 Florida home, and Kaltschmidt even uses the 15-foot fishing boat he owned prior to the win.
A friend of the pair said, “They have hundreds of millions burning a hole in their pocket, but it’s almost as if nothing changed.”
“They are as conservative as ever,” the friend continued.
Smith even shops at the same grocery store as she did prior to becoming a millionaire, the same location where she purchased the winning ticket.
An employee of the Publix grocery store stated that Smith even buys Powerball tickets on occasion, saying, “I guess it’s just for fun – it’s not as if they need the money.”
When asked directly about her plans for the money, Smith said, “Oh, nothing exciting.” She added, “Taking care of family,” and declined to provide additional details.
Kaltschmidt provided a bit more insight saying, “Instead of designing airplanes, I’m going to be doing charities and tax strategies and investments.”
The couple had the option to receive their win as a $328 million lump sum or receive the full value of $528 million over the course of 30 annual payments. Kaltschmidt, 56, and Smith, 71, opted for the former, a decision they stated was based on their age.
“I expect the winnings have been invested carefully for their family’s future, but their money is their business, and I would never ask about it,” said a neighbor who identified himself as Jim.
“They were nice, humble people before and they are exactly the same now – although I have never asked them for anything.”