(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — An elderly Florida woman has claimed the $590 million Powerball bonanza, the largest Powerball jackpot in history.
Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Fla., was named the winner by the Florida Lottery Wednesday, but was not present at the televised press conference. Lottery officials read a statement from her in which the elderly woman said that when she went to buy her ticket “another lottery ticket buyer was very kind enough to let me go ahead of her on the supermarket line.”
“The winner opted to take the lump sum cash payout of $370.8 million,” lottery spokeswoman Cynthia O’Connell said.
MacKenzie came forward with her winning ticket Wednesday morning, ending a two week-long mystery of who won the jackpot.
She presented her winning ticket to her local lottery claims center with her son Scott, and a lawyer from Brant, Abraham, Reiter, McCormick & Johnson in Jacksonville.
“This is great excitement for Gloria MacKenzie, her family, and the state of Florida,” O’Connell said.
MacKenzie will be joining the exclusive club of 100 people who have become millionaires after winning the massive lottery.
She has not disclosed her immediate plans for the money.
The winning ticket was bought at Publix Supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., drawn on May 18, and announced on May 19.
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