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Powerball jackpot $590M winner is 84-year-old Florida woman

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The winner of last month's massive $590 million Powerball jackpot is an 85-year-old woman from Zephyrhills, Fla.

Lottery officials made the announcement Wednesday after Gloria Mackenzie came forward to claim the prize. She is taking the single lump-sum payment, which amounts to about $370.9 million before taxes.

Officials say Mackenzie is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. She did not speak to reporters outside lottery headquarters. She left with family members in a silver Ford Focus.

The lucky ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a town of about 13,300 people located 30 miles northeast of Tampa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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