TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After cashing in a winning Powerball ticket for $327.8 million, a Florida couple has modest goals for their first purchases: a new car and a massage.

David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach were introduced in a news conference Wednesday at Florida Lottery headquarters after turning in the second of three winning tickets from last month’s record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

“It is scary and unknown. You think about what you want to do with the money (before actually winning it), and then all of those thoughts go out the window when it happens,” Smith said. “We are going to take care of family, but there is a lot to think about because it is all so stressful and new.”

Kaltschmidt, 55, said he will retire from his job as a manufacturing engineer at Northrop Grumman after working there for 34 years. Smith, 70, identified herself as a homemaker.

Kaltschmidt said he has lost 10 pounds in the past month because of sleepless nights but the jackpot won’t change his day-to-day life. Instead of designing airplanes, he said, he would be working for charities along with tax strategies and investments.

Smith, though, sounded less sure about the effects of winning.

“I’m afraid it will make me less friendly because of all the worrying,” she said. “You think about what is going to happen because we are no longer in a quiet place.”

Since joining Powerball in 1999, Florida has had the most winners with 11.


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