UPDATE: 6/5/13 3:47 PM CDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The 84-year-old woman who is now the biggest single lottery winner in U.S. history says she bought her ticket after another customer let her move ahead in the line at a supermarket in her home town of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Gloria Mackenzie collected a lump-sum payment of about $370 million -- or $270 million after taxes -- from the May 18th Powerball drawing. Her winning ticket was one in which the numbers were generated randomly by lottery computers. She had bought five tickets in all.
Mackenzie didn't speak to reporters at lottery headquarters in Tallahassee today, but issued a statement asking for privacy for her family. A lottery spokesman says Mackenzie, her lawyers and a financial adviser were very prepared when they arrived.
Neighbors of Mackenzie, who lives in a modest grey duplex across from a cow pasture, were surprised to hear that she had won. They say she never mentioned it. One neighbor says, "It couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
Another says, "I hope she gets a better place to live."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The winner of last month's $590 million Powerball jackpot is an 84-year-old woman from Zephyrhills, Fla.
Florida Lottery officials made the announcement Wednesday after Gloria C. Mackenzie came forward to claim the prize. They say Mackenzie took the single lump-sum payment of about $370.9 million before taxes.
Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. She did not speak to reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving in a silver Ford Focus with family members.
The winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a town of about 13,300 people located 30 miles northeast of Tampa. It is best known for bottled spring water that bears its name.
The winner had 60 days from the May 18 drawing to claim the lump sum.