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$590 million jackpot winner steps forward in Florida

$590 million jackpot winner steps forward in Florida
$590 million jackpot winner steps forward in Florida
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The $590 million jackpot winner has claimed her prize. Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills came forward according to Florida Lottery officials. According to the Associated Press on June 5, 2013, she will take a single lump-sum payment of $370.9 million.

"Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. She did not speak to reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving in a silver Ford Focus with family members."

The $590 million jackpot needed to be claimed within 60 days of the May 18 drawing. Mackenzie came to Tallahassee to claim her prize with her son and two attorneys, but did not appear at the Florida Lottery press conference held this afternoon.

I wrote previously about the "$590 million jackpot" in May. The winning numbers were: 10, 13, 14, 22, 52, with a Powerball number of 11. The very long odds of 1 in 175 million did not deter people from playing. At the time we only knew that the winning ticket was sold at a Publix in Zephyrhills.

Obviously somebody won, and they won big. This Powerball jackpot built up quickly over the course of only two months. It beat the previous record for a jackpot set in November 2012.

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