Biggest Solo Lottery Winner in US History Is 84

Florida woman claims $590M Powerball jackpot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 5, 2013 2:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – The suspense is over: An 84-year-old Florida woman has come forward to claim last month's $590 million Powerball jackpot, reports the Tampa Tribune. Gloria C. MacKenzie will take a lump-sum payout of $371 million before taxes, making her the biggest solo lottery winner in US history, reports AP. She is a resident of the small town of Zephyrhills, where the winning ticket was sold at a supermarket. Lottery officials say another customer let MacKenzie step ahead in line before she bought the winning ticket with a quick-pick, reports USA Today. MacKenzie left with family members after claiming the prize in Tallahassee and didn't speak to reporters.

This May 19 file photo shows the Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., where the winning ticket was sold.
This May 19 file photo shows the Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., where the winning ticket was sold.   (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)
Powerball winner Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, leaves the lottery office escorted by her son Scott Mackenzie, right, in Tallahassee.
Powerball winner Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, leaves the lottery office escorted by her son Scott Mackenzie, right, in Tallahassee.   (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
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