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Winning $528.7M Powerball couple kept news secret from kids

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Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 3:11 PM

David Kaltschmidt, 55, and Maureen Smith, 70, of Melbourne Beach, Fla., won $  528.7 million of the record-setting $  1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.WTVJ

David Kaltschmidt, 55, and Maureen Smith, 70, of Melbourne Beach, Fla., won $ 528.7 million of the record-setting $ 1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.

They had a $ 528.7 million secret.

Powerball winners David Kaltschmidt, 55, and Maureen Smith, 70, kept everyone in the dark about their life altering win, even their children.

“That was hard,” Smith told reporters Wednesday.

“We are not going to go party. We are still going to live the same lives,” added Kaltschmidt.

The couple, who married in 1980, is originally from Long Island, N.Y. Smith bought the golden ticket at a Publix supermarket in Melbourne, Fla.

“They are numbers that I played for years that I very rarely play,” she said.

Initially, they couldn’t believe they’d won.

“Oddly enough, I checked the ticket and everything matched up,” Kaltschmidt said. “I said, ‘she’s messing with me,’ ” Kaltschmidt said.

They decided to take the $ 327,800,000 lump sum before taxes.

Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie presents Kaltschmidt and Smith with a check for $  528 million Wednesday.WTVJ

Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie presents Kaltschmidt and Smith with a check for $ 528 million Wednesday.

But the duo vowed to not let the huge payout to alter their lives.

“We are still going to live the same lives,” said Kaltschmidt.

But he’s retiring from his mechanical engineer job at Northrop Grumman and buying a new truck because his is falling apart.

“Instead of designing airplanes I’m going to be doing charities, tax strategies, and investments,” he said.

Smith still hasn’t worked out her first splurge.

“I want to get a massage,” she said.

They are sharing the jackpot with winners in California and Tennessee.

The final mystery winner in California has yet to emerge, more than a month after the landmark lottery drawing.

The odds of winning the $ 1.58 billion jackpot were 1 in 292.2 million.

rblau@nydailynews.com

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