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Military Widow Comes Forward With Winning Powerball Ticket In Florida

Melbourne Beach, FL – The mystery behind the Florida Powerball winner was finally solved when Candice Withers a 32-year old Florida, resident came forward Saturday afternoon with the winning Powerball ticket that she purchased at the Publix grocery store located on Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach.

Candice, a single mother of 4 children was left widowed in 2014 when her 34-year old husband Derek Withers died while serving his second tour in Iraq.

According to Candice, things have been very tight financially since the passing of her husband in June of 2014. Candice is not able to maintain full-time employment because the cost of daycare for her small children all under the age of 6 is too expensive to maintain along with all of her additional monthly bills and day to day expenses.




Candice told the local ABC News affiliate that although she receives military benefits and government assistance, it often times is not enough to keep the lights on or feed the entire family, Candice told reporters that she frequently goes without meals so her children are able to go to bed with a full stomach.

When asked why it took her so long to come forward with her winning ticket, Candice told reporters, “I was (and still am) overwhelmed – I was just trying to process this information, it doesn’t feel real, I’m still waiting to wake-up from this crazy dream”. Candice also indicated that she took the advice provided by previous Florida lotto winner Dr. Wiliam A. Steele, an Orlando dermatologist who has managed to remain fairly quiet regarding his winnings.

Candice told reporters that the first purchase she plans to make with her $528 million winnings is a new house for herself, her mother, and her 4 children to live in. She told reporters, “I just can’t wait to get settled into a nice new home, we have had to relocate and downsize 4 -times in the last year and a half, these kids deserve it”.

When asked by an ABC affiliate reporter how she picked the winning Powerball numbers she explained, “I NEVER buy lotto tickets, but broke down and took a chance while picking up some bread and milk at Publix, I just based all the numbers off relevant numbers in my life, my 4 children’s birthdays fall on the 4th, 8th, 19th, and 27th, and my late husband Derek was 34 when he passed away.”

Lottery officials have yet to announce the winner of the Powerball ticket purchased at the Chino Hills, California, 7-11.














59 Comments on Military Widow Comes Forward With Winning Powerball Ticket In Florida

  1. kimberly fleming // January 16, 2016 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    I love stories like this .I am so happy you won.God Bless you and your family and God bless your hero husband .May he look down and smile .

  2. Congrats,God Bless al of you,so sory for your loss although you have had it really rough so glad you won this at least

  3. Barbara purtlebaugh // January 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm // Reply

    I am so glad that you want that you are so deserving and now you and your 4 children can be very happy along with your other family god bless you I’m so glad that you got this instead of somebody that is just really really greedy and doesn’t need it I am so happy for you

    • A single mom, living off the Govt teet, with 4 kids to house, feed, school, and keep healthy. Has no business “Gambling” away tax payer money!
      There’s so many contradictions in her story it’s scary how any of you can support her.

      You phoney. Conservative Krisshtins, always seem to forget all your talking points, hypocritical morals and other phoney life style edicts you try to impose on everyone else.

      • You suck.

        • The great thing about it is, she won half a billion dollars. She’ll be set for the rest of her life. You, on the other hand, will always be a POS who has to work for a living. KARMA is going to pay you a visit, and leave you with something you’ve earned.

      • Are you freaking kidding?? “Living off the government teet?” Her husband and father of her children DIED serving this country. Her and her children deserve far more than what they were getting.

      • You are a grotesquely judgmental human being. Do you know the devastating psychological effects that someone is faced with when they lose their spouse in the line of duty? This woman’s entire life was shattered and turned upside down, and she is now raising four young children alone. Can you imagine how incredibly difficult that must be? Or how sad and traumatized her children are because they are grieving for their dead father? Probably not. You’re too busy trying to be morally superior over someone who forked over a few bucks for lottery tickets. Hurray for Ms. Withers. And you … well shame on you.

      • Flossie Yusko // January 18, 2016 at 6:15 am // Reply

        Really, you POS…it’s because of her husband that you are able to write the crap you just wrote on here anddddd if anything the gov’t should be embarrassed that all that she and her kids sacrificed that they have to even get gov’t assitance!!!!

        • Google her husbands name and Kia there is no one listed with that name she is lying about her husband I’m a fucking disabled vet and that bitch claiming that shit makes me furious I had friends die in front of me that’s not something you try to play sympathy off of and pisses off a lot of active duty and vets

      • Hey ass hole it is a fucking $2 ticket. This mom whose husband gave his life for you to run your mouth deserves this. Don’t be jealous. You prick.

      • Jeepers who spit in your cereal?

      • Your kidding, right?? You are putting this woman down for buying a $2 lottery ticket?? Because – let me guess – you NEVER spend money in a frivolous way? Sounds to me like she was MEANT to win. You need to take a look in the mirror and consider being a little less judgmental. Take your jealousy and your crap talk and turn it on yourself – where it belongs.

      • SOMFW———And are a total jerk… you, idiot get to live in a country of freedom, because her husband gave his life for a pc of shit like you!!!! What do you spend your money on???? If she did indeed win and this is not a hoax like I am hearing it is….. she can now take care of her 4 fatherless children!!!! God bless her and her bright future…. And MR or MS SOMFW I hope you remember one thing.. Karma is a bitch, and she will find YOU!!!!

        • Sorry was so pissed when I read his comment, I missed a few words 🙁 SOMFW….AND YOU are a total jerk!!! YOU, ***IDIOT*** get to lie in a country of freedom, because her husband gave his life for a pc of shit like you!!!!

      • WOW how do you live with yourself and your negative mean spirit! Shame on you.

      • rot in hell you piece of shit… her husband died serving our Country…

      • Your a dick!!!!!

  4. I am so glad that a deserving person won. I want to thank you and your husband for protecting our country. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. Umm no we were still there. Have been for years now.

  6. Beth McKean Hargrove // January 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm // Reply

    So Glad someone that needed it won it!! So many win that don’t need it just greedy and want more… Invest it for your children and they will prosper.

  7. barbara lawson // January 17, 2016 at 12:22 am // Reply

    I too am glad you won! You have 4 small children and deserve this you are young enough to be able to enjoy it and now enjoy life! God bless you and your family

  8. that is a huge blessing.
    God showing favor on a family who was living everyday a struggle.

  9. Connie pinkert // January 17, 2016 at 7:02 am // Reply

    Winners like this family just thrill my heart. I am so happy for you and pray the rest of your life will be easier. I know how it is to try to keep things going and am truely excited for you. Goes Bless you and thank you and your husband for your service ma’mam.

  10. caeol Moorby // January 17, 2016 at 7:31 am // Reply

    Praise the Lord for his grace and mercy. I am so thrilled that this deserving mom and children have been blessed. God is good. I thank God for her husbands loving service to protect is. We are also blessed !

  11. I am glad someone who needed it won. God bless you and your family young lady!

  12. Seriously.

  13. I am sorry for your loss also.

  14. Congratulations first of all!God is an on time God!I know that your family will be happy to sleep and eat in a comfortable home.May God continue to bless you in Jesus name!

  15. Welp your going to hell! You sir are an absolute dip shit!

  16. That is so awesome! Greatly deserved to a single widow, our military do not make enough to support their families, so to have a widow win the lottery is so great that I wish there were more instances like this, because if anybody deserves to win the lottery it should be our military

  17. Ok- it’s clear you are hurt you did not win. Get a life.

  18. This is exactly who I was praying for to win. A deserving hard working American. And the fact her husband served our country makes it even more deserving. God bless you and your kids. And you’re late husband must of had a hand with this. God bless

  19. I am so happy for you and your family.Being the father of a Marine and having spent the last 8 years watching him struggle from the loss of men in his unit.I can not imagine what you have gone through .You have incredible strength .God Bless you and enjoy your new home.You deserve it.

  20. pat mccarthy // January 17, 2016 at 9:32 am // Reply

    Made my day to hear this

  21. It’s always aggravating to me seeing some of these winners so undeserving. Great to see a story that actually makes me feel good! Sad story but congratulations, you deserve this

    • And what makes one undeserving?
      Who are you to decide who is and who isn’t deserving.
      A person uses their money to gamble, and once in a million times they win, and some jagoff like you says it thinks they are out are not, undeserving.
      Silly Christians!

  22. These are the stories I love to read about!!! She deserves it!!!

  23. The hardcore phoney evangelical “Krissshtin” conservatives must be besides themselves on how to feel, what to say, and how to act on this news.
    Case in point;
    She’s a taker living off the Govt. Spending her money on lottery tickets; But her husband was a veteran. And we all know how those phoney right wingers love to claim how patriotic they are and how they support the Troops.
    She’s poor (military pay can’t support a family of two, let alone 6) with 4 kids. But abortion, birth control and common sense is the work of the Devil!
    The irony is so thick, they must be salivating to get their hands on what they think is their money

  24. That is good she won. Nothing wrong in buying a lottery ticket. Why don’t the rest of the negative posters get a life. All the negative posters are the real losers.

  25. Scott y 2 hottie // January 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm // Reply

    Get a lawyer,a tax accountant, a public relations management company. Set up a foundation for charity and trust funds for your children. Get security for you, your children and your mother. This much money is a curse.

  26. mynor picado // January 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm // Reply

    All these people who are opposed to her wining would not say the same if they were the winners you re all selfish people who don’t want to see, someone who is down on their luck well off, glad none of you won

  27. Gino De Lucia // January 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm // Reply

    I am so happy for you;may you do the right thing with your God sent gift. Be healthy, happy & share it with those you love and also with those that you know are needy!

  28. April Waller // January 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm // Reply

    This makes me happy. Im a struggling widow. Thank God someone who needed it.and deserves it won. God Bless her

  29. with the god references, why is it that UNICEF stat’s reveal that 17,000 kids under the age of 5 in 3rd world countries die EACH DAY… right – EACH DAY. Along with 800 birthing mothers. From simple problems like poor sanitation, unclean water, no vaccines? But u. godsters/ christers assert that the big guy in the sky is connected to the f*#king lotteries??? ABSOLUTELY SILLY !!!

  30. those of u who don’t think she deserves it is so wrong.. no one has the right to judge another, we are all human, and no 1 has the right to decide who deserves what, I am very happy for her and her family.. shouldn’t throw stones at a glass window. sounds to me as if a few of you are peed off because u didn’t win, i for one am jealous but I am also happy for all the winners, we all have stories so get over it and get over your self.

  31. Some of you begrudge this mother for spending 10 dollars. For God’s sake be happy for her.
    She’s already gone though a terrible loss. Thank her husband for serving our country and keeping us from speaking Farsi.

  32. This is directed to smfw.

  33. I could not be happier for this woman. I hope after she takes care of herself and her family that she will also do something for other widowed military wives and or wounded warriors. She has plenty Nail where she will be able to pay it forward to some charitable organizations that would mean a lot to her husband. Congratulations!

  34. sti4bao@yahoo // January 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm // Reply

    It’s a warmest blessed from her passed away husband, she and her kids are deserve it. Stay healthy and live a happy life, congrats.

  35. WOW- I am so glad it was won by someone like you. God has certainly Blessed you after all you have been through. I’m sure your husband is looking down gleaming with pride from Heaven. I graciously thank your husband for making the ultimate sacrifice. There is no better Hero than one who lays down his life for his country and Freedom. May this windfall keep your family happy, healthy and humble. I am truly happy for you all. CONGRATULATIONS. (PS Be very careful of all the men that are going to fall in love with you now- pick a good one and sign a pre-nup)! ENJOY

  36. Wow, whatever the background story, somebody had to win and it was pure math odds not God, not because she is good or bad it was math. Not because who her husband was it was math odds. Not because of the right or left, it was math odds. Not because she went to bed hungry or full it was math. Math odds won and she is the beneficiary, end of story. Bunch of assholes.

  37. i need money funding i’m in need can you help me out here i dont care about that i just need money you need to learn how to share with people you won money but you not help the people around you all you think is about yourself you dont thinking about nobody around you i dont care about that all i’m saying i need help easy sen so hard but its not i dant care if you win or not people is the one i care about the people is the i’m caring about if i have that kinda of me i give help change people lifes that what i do with that money help change people lifes and thats all i care about thats me all the way i love the people around me i cant wait to give that how you started for now own thats how i do it if you dont like how i’m saying you can clover your ears if all i care because its that truth i’m not lieing its all the truth you dont like to give up yourselfs you just scared to lose it all and you will lose it all to its doesnt matter how much you gain you started lose it all at the sametime you tried to gain help change people lifes you dont have to worry about being broke because you still giving up yourselfs like i say i dont care if you win or lose the slot or whayever machine you play you will lose it all anyway okay take a hin’t for it get prepaired tp lose it all to help change people lifes okay stop thinking about yourself all the time okay theres people around you okay copies that on your comments okay! you will be losing your money again anyway so get it ready for that is not over yet i said not yet some people in need around you okay i dont like stinging people i like giving people i like to give thats all i’m about to my understanding i dont know why this person win but cant give to nodidy around that person i dont get it maybe somebody will but i’m saying to myself that they dont like to give it the family i belive they dont like to give to i know i cant give up themself but the talk qwhat the won and all that crab but cant give to nobody around that i dont care about that like i sais the people is imported it garbage okay people is not but people in need yall font understand wake up people are dieing cant you see what helping to people dieing left from right wake up people save there lifes before they die okay its to let for all of that i’m taling the truth behide it all okay stop talking all the crap and help people out here thats all i’m saying choices they make in life is real is not no game on the right here on the earth anon’t nothing to play with when it comes down to people around you they need help try to hel[p them out as you can okay they might help you out if you in need thats all i’m saying all that money you made learn to give why you have me in your hand cant give thats ashame and wating time over this garbage if i have me i help change people life and save themself to thats me and only me

  38. i need money funding i’m in need can you help me out here i dont care about that i just need money you need to learn how to share with people you won money but you not help the people around you all you think is about yourself you dont thinking about nobody around you i dont care about that all i’m saying i need help easy sen so hard but its not i dant care if you win or not people is the one i care about the people is the i’m caring about if i have that kinda of me i give help change people lifes that what i do with that money help change people lifes and thats all i care about thats me all the way i love the people around me i cant wait to give that how you started for now own thats how i do it if you dont like how i’m saying you can clover your ears if all i care because its that truth i’m not lieing its all the truth you dont like to give up yourselfs you just scared to lose it all and you will lose it all to its doesnt matter how much you gain you started lose it all at the sametime you tried to gain help change people lifes you dont have to worry about being broke because you still giving up yourselfs like i say i dont care if you win or lose the slot or whayever machine you play you will lose it all anyway okay take a Ain’t for it get prepaired tp lose it all to help change people lifes okay stop thinking about yourself all the time okay theres people around you okay copies that on your comments okay! you will be losing your money again anyway so get it ready for that is not over yet i said not yet some people in need around you okay i dont like stinging people i like giving people i like to give thats all i’m about to my understanding i dont know why this person win but cant give to nodody around that person i dont get it maybe somebody will but i’m saying to myself that they dont like to give it the family i belive they dont like to give to i know i cant give up them self but the talk about what they have won and all that crab but cant give to nobody around that i dont care about that like i sais the people is imported it garbage okay people is not but people in need yall font understand wake up people are dieing cant you see what helping to people dieing left from right wake up people save there Life’s before they die okay its to let for all of that I’m telling the truth Behide it all okay stop talking all the crap and help people out here thats all i’m saying choices they make in life is real is not no game on the right here on the earth ain’t nothing to play with when it comes down to people around you they need help try to help them out as you can okay they might help you out if you in need thats all i’m saying all that money you made learn to give why you have me in your hand cant give thats ashame and wating time over this garbage if i have me i help change people life and save themself to thats me and only me

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