Couple with 21 grandchildren claim $117 million Powerball win

A couple with seven children and 21 grandchildren have vowed to financially support their entire family after claiming an eye-watering US$80 million ($117m) Powerball prize.

Fifty-four-year-old Phillip Chippewa, from Michigan, US, travelled to Powerball headquarters on Wednesday with his wife, Dawn, and their huge family to claim their prize after discovering at their local newsagent that they’d won big.

"With seven children and 21 grandchildren, I've always said that I might not have the most money, but I am rich with family. Now, I have all the money I'll ever need and can help my family for generations. That means everything to me,” Mr Chippewa said.

The giant family retrieving their giant winnings. Source: AP

The couple’s plans for their winnings include buying homes for each of their children.

Their Powerball ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball in the September 21 draw.

The couple opted to receive their payment as a one-time lump-sum, which came to $42 million (A$62 million) after taxes.

They’re both members of and work for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. They plan to keep working for now.

With AP

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