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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

(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.

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"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. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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