Did Fla. Powerball winner pay for everyone's meal?
It may have been a case of mistaken identity or a rare form of lottery fever.
Either way, close to 200 people got treated to dinner Sunday at Buddy Freddy's in Plant City, Florida, by someone who appeared to be Gloria C. MacKenzie, the 84-year-old Zephyrhills woman who stepped forward last week to claim the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.
Whether it was MacKenzie is unknown, but that hasn't stopped speculation at the restaurant near the Thonotosassa Road exit of Interst ...
Jun 12, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Woman who let Powerball winner go ahead of her has no regrets
When Gloria C. Mackenzie claimed her $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, she released a statement revealing that another woman was kind enough to allow her to cut in line when she purchased the winning ticket.
That woman, Mindy Crandell, 34, is not upset that her charitable gesture likely cost her an enormous fortune and says things are meant to be for a reason.
Crandell, of Zephyrhills, Fla., was in line to purchase lottery tickets in Publix on May 18 while tending to one of her two daught ...
Jun 6, 2013, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Winner of record $590.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot announced
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
At a press conference today, the Florida Lottery announced that the $590.5 million jackpot from the Powerball drawing held on May 18 was claimed by Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Florida.
MacKenzie chose to receive her winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $370,896,780.84.
She did not speak to a crowd of reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving quickly in a silver Ford Focus with her son, Scott Mackenzie, and ...
Jun 5, 2013, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida to reveal winner of $590.5 million Powerball lottery
A woman from Zephyrhills, Florida, has stepped forward to claim last month's $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, the largest in U.S. history.
The Florida Lottery scheduled a news conference for this afternoon in Tallahassee, promising big news about the Powerball winner.
The winning ticket was sold at a Zephyrhills Publix. Though speculation about the winner's identity was rampant in the east Pasco town, no winner had come forward since the drawing.
Around noon Wednesday, the unnamed woma ...
Jun 5, 2013, 3:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida city still wondering: Who won the $590M lottery jackpot?
It's been two long weeks since the small city of Zephyrhills learned that a $590 million Powerball ticket was sold at a supermarket here.
No one expected the winner to come forward in the first days after the announcement. After all, curious residents reasoned, the person might need a few days to absorb the shock, or to consult with financial advisers.
But then a week passed, and more, and now folks are so anxious to know the winner's identity they could jump out of their skin.
Being i ...
Jun 3, 2013, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Powerball jackpot to be split 3 ways
Three lucky winners will be able to spend the holiday weekend as newly-minted millionaires.
The owners of three winning Powerball tickets from Delaware, Florida, and Louisiana will divvy up Saturday's $50 million jackpot three ways.
Each winner will have the option of receiving a third of the jackpot in 30 payments over 29 years or a third of the $31.1 million lump sum. The winning Powerball tickets were purchased in New Orleans, Tampa, and a currently unnamed location in Delaware.
May 27, 2013, 10:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions comes to Florida
It's a great time to be a lottery player in Florida: Powerball is at $360 million and rising, the highest it has been since last year's record $587 million. Meanwhile, at 6 a.m. this morning, Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Florida for the first time. The multi-state jackpot is approaching $200 million.
Mega Millions tickets are now available at the same outlets that sell other Florida lottery products. There are more than 13,000 such venues statewide. Drawings are held at 11 p.m. Tuesd ...
May 15, 2013, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Woman opts out of lottery pool, but co-workers give her cut anyway
After winning $1 million, would you share it with a coworker you barely knew?
A group of 12 workers at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation are doing exactly that.
Jennifer Maldonado had only been working as an administrative assistant for the company for two weeks, and she hadn't even received her first pay check.
Laurie Finkelstein Reader, a Realtor and head of the team in that office, was going around collecting $20 from each of her colleagues to spend on Powerball tickets. T ...
Mar 28, 2013, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Florida to join multi-state Mega Millions lottery
Florida will start selling tickets to the popular Mega Millions game later this year.
Florida Lottery officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the state will join 42 other states in selling tickets. Tickets will go on sale on May 15.
The first Mega Millions drawing that Florida tickets will participate in is on Friday, May 17.
The state already sells tickets to Powerball, another multi-state game. It also has its own game called Florida Lotto.
Lottery Secretary Cynthia O' ...
Feb 28, 2013, 4:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Powerball winner claims $50 million jackpot
Christopher McGurran overnight went from living a modest life to living large.
The 30-year-old and his wife claimed the $50 million Powerball jackpot drawn last month in St. Petersburg.
It's always somebody, someplace else, and you wonder if somebody won it. It's nice, said neighbor Bud Patten.
McGurran, a heating and cooling technician, bought the winning ticket at a Sweetbay grocery store just minutes from his home. Little did he know at the time that it would be his golden one.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum