Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 5, 2016, 4:23 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Florida to reveal winner of $590.5 million Powerball lottery

PowerballPowerball: Florida to reveal winner of $590.5 million Powerball lottery
35
Rating:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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 woman walked into Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee to claim the one-time lump sum option of $370 million, said Megan Dougherty, a spokesman for the Florida Lottery. She opted to bypass a second option: the entire $590.5 million in 30 annual payments.

The winner's identity was not immediately released, but lottery officials said it was a woman from Zephyrhills, where the winning ticket was sold May 18, the day of the drawing. She came to claim her prize with her son and two attorneys.

"They just walked right through the door," Dougherty said. "They didn't give anyone a heads-up. We were just as shocked as anyone else. They went up to our front desk to check in to see what they needed to do."

Dougherty said she had 60 days from the date of the drawing to claim a lump-sum prize. She could have waited until mid November to claim annual cash payments.

The news conference will be held at the Florida Lottery's office at 240 Marriott Drive in Tallahassee to announce the winner, who won't be there for privacy reasons, she said. The name will be revealed at the news conference — under state law, the winner cannot remain anonymous.

At the Publix store where the ticket was sold, shoppers were buzzing Wednesday afternoon with news of the winner stepping forward.

"I'm glad somebody's going to be a millionaire," said Mike Castillo, who works at the nearby VA clinic. He clutched his own newly purchased ticket. "It's $50 million now. We have a work pool."

Said Mike Gregory, who lives north of the city: "We've been waiting to see who it is."

Tampa Bay Times

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

22 comments. Last comment 3 years ago by jamella724.
Page 1 of 2
Nino224's avatar - Lottery-013.jpg
Miami
United States
Member #62793
July 9, 2008
673 Posts
Offline
Posted: June 5, 2013, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

According to the statement read at the press conference, 84 y.o. Mackenzie was standing in line when the person in front of her was kind enough to let her go ahead. Mackenzie then purchased a SINGLE, QUICK-PICK ticket, which turned out to be the largest, single jackpot won in this state.

I feel sorry for every senior citizen hoping to be let skip ahead in future lottery lines, LOL!!!

"...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

    noise-gate's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcR91HDs4UJhjxO7cmeMQWZ5lB_FOcMLOGicau4V74R45tDgPWrr
    Bay Area - California
    United States
    Member #136477
    December 12, 2012
    4105 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: June 5, 2013, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations to the Winner. Live long & Prosper.
    Party

    * Nino- there is no way of knowing whether the person in front of the winner was going to purchase a QP.
    Luck favors the prepared.

      hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

      United States
      Member #52345
      May 21, 2007
      2657 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: June 5, 2013, 3:50 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations to the Winner. Live long & Prosper.
      Party

      * Nino- there is no way of knowing whether the person in front of the winner was going to purchase a QP.
      Luck favors the prepared.

      I wish her a long and healthy life or least whats left of it

        dumars798's avatar - batman17
        Atlanta
        United States
        Member #28656
        December 20, 2005
        5675 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: June 5, 2013, 3:52 pm - IP Logged

        Invest & Spend without making new friends, also hope you have a good lawyer!

        Big congrats to you!   

         Hurray!

                Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!

                             

                     





          joshuacloak's avatar - Money Swim-uncle-scrooge-mcduck-35997717-677-518.jpg

          United States
          Member #32537
          February 12, 2006
          698 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: June 5, 2013, 4:01 pm - IP Logged

          so 2 lawyer double team it

          and she bolts right atfer the claim

          "she won't be at media press"

          she must of already been packed,and has left the building 

          by time media try to find her, she be Long gone?

          so long big winner

          be intresting to watch to see how fast the media will get to her.

           "We hope that everyone will give us an opportunity to maintain our privacy for our family’s benefit."

          this odd lady is out of her mind to think this

          u just won biggest amount 1 ticket ever won,and U THINK u have the opportunity to maintain the privacy u had before

          your out of your mind lady.  "we hope".  that says it all, she "hopes"  hope don't do jack, ask obama about hes hope

          , it takes action not words fool.

          and she just given away her privacy by going public,  she didn't want to use ever loophole to bypass public records

          no instand, she: hopesNo Nod for privacy

          i don't care if florida demanda name, it could of been bypassed via all kinds of tricks/legal middle etc

          i won't feel sorry for this lady when ever begger on earth shows up /plus media looking for news story comes nocking

          she won't have her privacy to media gets there pound of flesh

          also biggest CASH jackpot winner  is also one of oddest of all time?

          also the moral of the story, is never let a odd person cut u off

           

          Prior to the drawing, Mackenzie agreed to split any proceeds with her son,
          will this kid is mega rich thanks to hes mom

          now that is parent taking care of her kid, massive respect

          No bees, no honey.

            RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
            mid-Ohio
            United States
            Member #9
            March 24, 2001
            19824 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: June 5, 2013, 4:05 pm - IP Logged

            According to the statement read at the press conference, 84 y.o. Mackenzie was standing in line when the person in front of her was kind enough to let her go ahead. Mackenzie then purchased a SINGLE, QUICK-PICK ticket, which turned out to be the largest, single jackpot won in this state.

            I feel sorry for every senior citizen hoping to be let skip ahead in future lottery lines, LOL!!!

            I remember reading a similar story about a winner in England a few years ago.  This guy allowed a lady to go ahead of him and she bought the winner which was also a record amount at the time.  Since she was a drinking buddy of his, he'd hope she would get in touch and maybe get him something but no such luck.  She and her family moved out of town and probably never dropped by his pub again.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
                         Evil Looking       

              Nino224's avatar - Lottery-013.jpg
              Miami
              United States
              Member #62793
              July 9, 2008
              673 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: June 5, 2013, 4:05 pm - IP Logged

              Congratulations to the Winner. Live long & Prosper.
              Party

              * Nino- there is no way of knowing whether the person in front of the winner was going to purchase a QP.
              Luck favors the prepared.

              Only that person knows. Regardless of their views on fate, I'm sure it's something they're going to wrestle with for many years to come.

              "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

                Saylorgirl's avatar - Lottery-065.jpg
                Indiana
                United States
                Member #129225
                June 13, 2012
                546 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: June 5, 2013, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

                The moral of this story is never let anyone regardless of their age cut in front of you!!!  Congratulations to the winner and condolences to the one that let her go ahead of her.

                  dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
                  Oklahoma
                  United States
                  Member #82391
                  November 12, 2009
                  6290 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: June 5, 2013, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                  Congratulation to the winnersThumbs Up

                  I Love Pink & Green 1908

                    brees2012's avatar - animal whale.jpg

                    United States
                    Member #125177
                    March 26, 2012
                    176 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: June 5, 2013, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

                             They were there 2 hours and lottery officials didn't call the media ????

                              There must been a plan to slip out of there that quick . No offense ,

                               84 year old can't run that fast .

                               Always said .........Have a plan and 1/2 packed ........

                      Nikkicute's avatar - nnjx1k
                      Wisconsin
                      United States
                      Member #123290
                      February 17, 2012
                      3048 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: June 5, 2013, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

                      I remember reading a similar story about a winner in England a few years ago.  This guy allowed a lady to go ahead of him and she bought the winner which was also a record amount at the time.  Since she was a drinking buddy of his, he'd hope she would get in touch and maybe get him something but no such luck.  She and her family moved out of town and probably never dropped by his pub again.

                      that's cold...that's cold...No Nod

                      ...the secret to Luck is never to trust it...

                      2012 wins:$20 loss:$200  2013 wins:$100 loss:$270  2014 wins:$360 loss:$273 

                      2015 wins:$0 loss:$53  2016 Jan $0/$15.00 Feb $0/$2.50 Mar $0/$4.00 April $0/$0 May $0/$0

                      June $0/$0 July $0/$0 Aug $0/$0 Sep $0/$0 Oct $0/$0

                        maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
                        Massachusetts
                        United States
                        Member #37433
                        April 14, 2006
                        2747 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: June 5, 2013, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

                        I remember reading a similar story about a winner in England a few years ago.  This guy allowed a lady to go ahead of him and she bought the winner which was also a record amount at the time.  Since she was a drinking buddy of his, he'd hope she would get in touch and maybe get him something but no such luck.  She and her family moved out of town and probably never dropped by his pub again.

                        Then again there was a story where someone rudely cut in line and bought a bunch of losing tickets before the jackpot winning ticket was bought. http://www.lotterypost.com/news/258982

                        ....As Finkelstein Reader tried explaining she wanted 120 tickets, a line formed behind her.

                        People began to yell and one impatient man skipped to another line and purchased a bunch of tickets.

                        Finally, Finkelstein Reader was able to get her second batch — after the man who'd cut in front of her got his.

                        The winner was in the second batch

                        "We wouldn't have won if it wasn't for that," said Finkelstein Reader....

                        That money's gone fo ever

                          helpmewin's avatar - dandy
                          u$a
                          United States
                          Member #106665
                          February 22, 2011
                          19767 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: June 5, 2013, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                          Congratulations Mackenzie Partyspend wisely

                            lottoguysocal's avatar - atlantis dubai_1118783i.jpg
                            camarillo, ca
                            United States
                            Member #132476
                            September 4, 2012
                            144 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: June 5, 2013, 10:15 pm - IP Logged

                            CONGRATS TO THE WINNER!!  May she have a peaceful time and enjoy her new found wealth! Party