Published On: Wed, Jun 5th, 2013

Largest Powerball winner, Gloria MacKenzie, claims her $370 million lump-sum winnings

The Florida Lottery has announced the “mystery” person who won the largest Powerball jackpot in history during the drawing on May 18.



It was known that the person bought the ticket from a Publix supermarket in small, Zephyrhills, Florida. We now  know the lucky winner is 84-year-old Gloria C. MacKenzie of Zephyrhills.

Florida Lottery officials say MacKenzie chose to receive her winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $370,896,780.84.

The Powerball had a $590.5 million jackpot. Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history.

“We are all about making dreams come true here at the Florida Lottery, and this has been a time of great excitement for Ms. MacKenzie, the Zephyrhills community and the state of Florida,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “We’re thrilled that a Florida resident has won this jackpot, and we wish her every happiness with her new fortune.”

Ms. MacKenzie provided the following statement to the Florida Lottery:

“Prior to the Lottery drawing, she and her son Scott had an agreement to split any proceeds with each other.

“We bought the winning ticket as a single ticket even though we bought four other tickets before the drawing. While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket.

“We are grateful for this blessing of winning the Florida Lottery POWERBALL jackpot and appreciate the interest of the public, state of Florida and the Lottery. We hope that everyone will give us an opportunity to maintain our privacy for our family’s benefit. If you have any inquiries or questions, you may contact our representatives at the law firm of Brant, Abraham, Reiter, McCormick and Johnson or the financial planning firm of Madden Advisory Services, both of Jacksonville, Florida.”

Winning the lottery could change your life by giving you a certain level of financial freedom. But before claiming your prize, consider speaking with a financial or tax adviser who can help you calculate the potential tax impact of your lottery winnings and plan the best way to manage your windfall.


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  2. scallywag says:

    The best part about Gloria C Mackenzie winning the latest $590 million powerball jackpot is she really deserved it, because America always likes its heroes and winners to be the ones who manage to fight their way out of inopportune and the downtrodden, all things Gloria C. Mackenzie knows a healthy serving about.


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