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Florida woman, 84, claims second-biggest U.S. lottery jackpot

An 84-year-old Florida woman claimed the second-biggest U.S. lottery jackpot Wednesday and will pocket a $370 million lump sum before taxes, state lottery officials announced.

Gloria Mackenzie bought the winning ticket in the May 18 Powerball drawing at a grocery store in Zephyrhills, near Tampa, Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell said.

PowerballMackenzie did not attend a news conference and pleaded for privacy in a statement O’Connell read to reporters.

The amount of the prize ballooned to $590 million as the drawing approached, with Florida lottery officials selling about $45,000 worth of tickets an hour at the peak.

Mackenzie turned down the 30-year payout and took the smaller one-time amount, O’Connell said.

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7 Comments to “Florida woman, 84, claims second-biggest U.S. lottery jackpot”

    bubba said:
    June 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Of course she turned down the 30 year payout she won't live that long.

    chele said:
    June 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Your just plain ignorant….CONGRATULATIONS, MAY YOU LIVE MANY MANY MORE YEARS DESPITE THE CRITICISM FROM THOSE WHO WONT MAKE IT PASSED 50

      bubba said:
      June 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Maybe many more years but not 114.

    vickie said:
    June 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Wow, I hope the sharks don't start circling this poor woman!

      Todd Pardee said:
      June 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Poor woman?? Did you even read the article? She’s rich!

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