A Hollywood, Florida couple claimed half the $80.9 million Florida Lotto jackpot Tuesday at Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, choosing to reap their winnings in 30 annual installments of $1,349,000 each.
Lottery officials identified the couple as William and Amy Bashert of Hollywood. The couple could not be located for comment late Tuesday afternoon. The winning ticket was purchased at Exxon Tiger Foot Mart in Fort Myers.
''They were in disbelief. They were still numb,'' said Sheila Griffin, Lottery spokeswoman, who met the winners at lunchtime Tuesday.
The other half of the winning jackpot ticket, sold in Miami, had not been claimed.
Brisk ticket sales increased the jackpot from the publicized sum of $75 million to $80.9 million, the 10th highest total in Lotto history.