Mystery Woman Picks Up Whole Restaurant's Tab
The $590M question: Was it Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie?
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
The $590M question: Did Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie pick up the tab?   (?)

(Newser) – Plant City, Florida, is abuzz over a random act of kindness—possibly at the hands of the biggest solo lottery winner in US history. A woman who apparently looked like 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie had an early-bird dinner at BuddyFreddy's on Sunday, leaving the restaurant with her two companions around 4pm. But as the Tampa Bay Times reports, she came back and paid for the meals of all 180 diners. Total bill, about $2,600.

"Everybody got up and applauded and started hugging her," says the restaurant's manager, and though the woman apparently denied she was the big winner, it "sure looked like" MacKenzie, she says. Who may not have been clapping? The five servers, who each walked away with $50—just shy of a 10% tip.

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Jun 12, 2013 3:29 PM CDT
Ohh, those darn evil rich people!
Jun 12, 2013 12:32 PM CDT
We've paid for various police and firefighters meals in restaurants. These are the REAL heroes of our society (well, at least MOST of them)!
Jun 12, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
Maybe the people that got the free meals could have thrown in a little tip. I doubt the woman meant to "cheat" the servers. She was probably just math challenged. It probably seemed like a big tip - if it was $50 x 5 that is $250. Without giving that a lot of thought it would seem like a lot.