Surprise Winner Of Powerball Jackpot Revealed

Category: Media & Culture / Jun 05, 2013 6:10PM EDT

The Florida Lottery revealed on Wednesday, June 5, that the winner of last month's record 590.5 million dollar jackpot is 84-year-old Gloria C. Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida.

Mackenzie declined to appear before the media, but asked the Secretary of the Florida Lottery, Cynthia O'Connell, to read a statement on her behalf.

"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," O'Connell quoted Mackenzie, while talking to members of the media at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Mackenzie chose to accept her winnings as a single lump sum payment of $370,896,780 before taxes.

Her two dollar ticket matched all six numbers chosen on May 18 in the multi-state Powerball drawing, making it the biggest single-ticket payout in U.S. lottery history.

The winning numbers from the drawing were: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball number of 11. The odds of winning were put at 1 in 175 million.

The grand prize in the May 18 drawing had accumulated over two months, and surpassed the previous record Powerball payout of $587.5 million set in November 2012.


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