Secretive Powerball Winner Bails Out School
Gloria MacKenzie to donate $2M to Maine high school
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, left, leaves the lottery office escorted by her son, Scott Mackenzie, after claiming a single lump-sum payment of about $370.9 million before taxes on June 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

(Newser) – Almost any sensible person facing a leaky roof and a $1.87 million repair bill is likely to enter daydream mode at some point: If only a millionaire would swoop in and... It turns out "save the day" is exactly what secretive Florida resident Gloria MacKenzie is doing for a school in Maine. The 84-year-old Powerball winner (of the biggest jackpot in US history, you'll recall) will donate $2 million to Schenck High School for assorted repairs, the Bangor Daily News reports.

MacKenzie, who collected a lump sum that worked out to $278 million after taxes, is a native of East Millinocket, where the school is located. She hasn't said a word since winning the jackpot, and that's not significantly changing now: She sent news of her plan to the school via family members, and the superintendent says he doesn't think MacKenzie "will have any comment publicly"; her daughter is a biology teacher at the school. The Daily News last week reported that MacKenzie is spending a little cash on herself, too: She recently bought a "majestic" 6,322-square-foot, five-bedroom home in a Jacksonville golf course community for $1.175 million. (Click for the story of another incredibly lucky lotto winner.)

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Jul 27, 2013 8:21 PM CDT
Nice tax deduction.
Jul 26, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
My reaction: the victimization of the woman has begun. Even if it is her daughter doing it. She owes nothing to anyone. That is why some states allow winners to remain anonymous: to ward off the vultures and scan artists.
Jul 25, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
The overpaid School Administration, that has nothing to do with teaching should be ridden out, to free up some money for repairs and the teachers. We are turning into country of moochers looking for hand outs. Up to president Clinton things like this never happened because we had leaders and dedicated people. Now we have bunch of sucker and moochers running things that shouldn't be allowed to come close around them.