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
Northeast Texas town sells winning $40 million Powerball ticket
The winning ticket to Wednesday night's Powerball drawing worth about $40 million was sold in an East Texas town, a first for the Lone Star state, lottery officials said.
The ticket was sold at the Lone Star Food Store in the town of Bells, east of Sherman in Grayson County.
The ticket matched all six numbers (9, 14, 17, 49, and 57, with Powerball number 2) in the drawing for an estimated $40 million.
The ticket was the first Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Texas since the Texa ...
May 31, 2013, 12:30 pm - 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
N.J. man claims Mega Millions jackpot
Apparently it's lucky to be a guy named Joe from Tinton Falls, N.J.
For the second time in just 14 months, a Joe who lives in the Monmouth County town (population 18,000) has stepped forward to collect a major lottery jackpot.
On Thursday, Giuseppe Joe Garofalo claimed his half of the $198 annuity jackpot from last Friday's Mega Millions drawing. He bought his ticket at Kwik Farms in the Monmouth County town.
The other winning ticket was sold in Farmville, Va., a rural town west of Rich ...
May 24, 2013, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Cashier sells self $1M lottery ticket in first week on job
A Southeast Missouri woman wrapped up a big week by taking home a $1 million lottery prize during the record $600 million Powerball jackpot run.
Last week, Mary Jane Hart of Doniphan not only started a new job but also played the lottery and won twice. She first got $500, and then earned one million more on Saturday.
Hart works at the Hartland Pit Stop in Doniphan as a part-time cashier. She sold herself a Powerball ticket when she came into work Saturday because the jackpot had reached a ...
May 24, 2013, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions multi-state lottery to get harder to win in Oct.
Come this fall, winning the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot will become even more difficult in the 45 states and jurisdictions that offer the lotto game.
The consortium that operates Mega Millions is upping the odds to 1 in about 258.9 million that someone picks all six numbers right.
The current odds are 1 in about 175.7 million that a person correctly chooses five of 56 numbered white balls and one of 46 gold balls.
The odds will change under a new format for the Oct. 22 dra ...
May 20, 2013, 6:14 am - Lottery News forum