Associated Press Release
By: BRENT KALLESTAD
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- When Gloria C. MacKenzie went to a Publix supermarket near Tampa last month to buy a Powerball ticket, another person in line did something nice for the 84-year-old widow and let her go first.
The kind gesture turned out to be a life-changing one for MacKenzie and her family. She came forward Wednesday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history, $590 million.
MacKenzie is a retiree from Maine and a mother of four who lives in Zephyrhills, where the lone winning ticket in the May 18 drawing was sold. She took her prize in a lump sum of just over $370 million. After federal taxes, she's getting about $278 million.
In a statement, she said she appreciated the fellow lottery player's gesture and asked for privacy.
By: Garin Flowers
The winner of the record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot is an elderly woman, Gloria C. Mackenzie, who took a one time lump sum.
Mackenzie didn't speak but released a statement that she purchased a single winning ticket.
She said while in line at Publix in Zephryhills, another lottery player let her go ahead in line. She is grateful for this blessing.
Press Release: Florida Lottery
Editor’s Note: A formal press release will be issued following the claiming of the prize.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
Contact: Florida Lottery Communications
FLORIDA LOTTERY ANNOUNCES RECORD-SETTING POWERBALL® JACKPOT AWARDED TO SOLE WINNER TODAY
~ Press Conference at 2:00 p.m. ~
WHAT: The Florida Lottery is holding a press conference to announce the largest sole lottery jackpot winner in history. The record $590.5 million POWERBALL® jackpot was won on the from the May 18 drawing. The winner will not be present at today’s press conference. The event will be broadcast live via satellite coordinates where details regarding the winner will be announced.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
WHERE: Florida Lottery Headquarters
250 Marriott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Since launching POWERBALL in 2009, Florida has awarded more than $1 billion in POWERBALL prizes, creating 100 POWERBALL millionaires, 20 of which were multi-millionaires. Florida retailers have received more than $111 million in POWERBALL sales, cashing and bonus commissions. POWERBALL ticket sales have also generated more than $864 million for Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. Adding POWERBALL to the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games has proven to be a tremendous success, benefiting players, retailers and the state's public education system.