A world without poverty is a dream Pearlie Mae Smith passed down to her seven children. That dream became a reality as the family divided a lump sum payment of $284 million from a 429 Million dollar lottery win.
When asked what it felt like, “Wow!!!, that’s what it’s like,” said the new millionaire at a news conference. She said she was still trying to figure out what it’s like. Yeah, I can imagine that.
Each family member committed to donating a portion of their winnings to establish a foundation to fight poverty.
And at the ribbon cutting ceremony in June, for the foundation in Trenton, New Jersey, Ms. Smith said, “The only thing I have to say to the world cause they might be watching is, it’s a blessing in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, cause without him, all of this wouldn’t have happened.”
The foundation funds organizations and programs, mainly in Trenton, that focus on programs that impact the systems of poverty through community development, education and family services.
The Smith family hopes to instill in people sound biblical principles of love for God, work ethics and giving back to the community. Fundamental values to bless future generations break the chains of poverty.
With God’s guidance, the family chose to spend their new wealth wisely by investing in the future.