Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Someone Let POWERBALL Winner Go Ahead of Them In Line

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The owner of the winning ticket in the record-breaking $590.5 million POWERBALL drawing that was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida on May 18 was revealed today.

Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills elected to take a lump sum in the amount of around $370 million.  In a statement read by Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell during a press conference, Ms. MacKenzie said that, "We bought the winning ticket as a single ticket, even though we bought four other tickets before the drawing.  While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket."

The jackpot, which past the half-billion dollar mark, is the largest jackpot in the POWERBALL history.  The second largest jackpot was won last Nov. 28, 2012, when a $587.5 million jackpot was shared by two tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri.

The Florida Lottery retailer received a bonus incentive of $85,000 on Monday, May 20. This series of jackpot rollovers generated more than $125 million in sales for the Florida Lottery, resulting in more than $50 million for Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

The overall odds of winning the POWERBALL jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510. 

POWERBALL jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within the first 60 days after the winning draw to receive the cash option of $376.9 million. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.

Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, Florida has had the strongest POWERBALL and Power Play sales of any U.S. lottery, exceeding more than $1.8 billion and yielding $756 million in education funding to date.  Additionally, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation, winning more than $719 million in prizes, including five jackpot winners.

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