Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Powerball Winner Comes Forward In Florida - Just Not In Person

84 Year Old Woman Wins Gigantic Powerball Prize

Officials at the Florida Lottery in Tallahassee, Florida announced the winner of last month's multi-state Powerball lottery this afternoon. After a delay of about 50 minutes from the announced 2 p.m. time, the winning ticket was announced to be held by Mrs. Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84 of Zephyrhills.

MacKenzie did not appear at the official announcement, but in a statement said she bought the ticket at a Publix supermarket with her son Scott accompanying her, after another player allowed her to go before them to purchase the ticket. She and Scott had agreed to share any winnings.

Mrs. MacKenzie's statement:

"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.

We are grateful for this blessing of winning the Florida Lottery POWERBALL jackpot and appreciate the interest of the public, state of Florida and the Lottery. We hope that everyone will give us an opportunity to maintain our privacy for our family's benefit. 

If you have any inquiries or questions, you may contact our representatives at the law firm of Brant, Abraham, Reiter, McCormick and Johnson or the financial planning firm of Madden Advisory Services, both of Jacksonville, Florida."

The single $2 ticket matched numbers selected on May 18, for the biggest single ticket payoff in U.S. lottery history. The $590.5 prize (if taken in yearly payments for 30 years) will be given to MacKenzie as a lump sum of $371 million before taxes.

The ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhill, Florida near Tampa. The retailer received a bonus incentive of $85,000 on Monday, May 20. The odds of winning were 1 in 175 million.

The announcement was made live on the Florida Lottery's Ustream web casting channel with about 700 people watching online.

MacKenzie is represented by a Jacksonville lawyer and financial planner and requested inquiries may be made to them.

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