POWERBALL Winner Finally Comes Forward

Flanked by security, her lawyer, an accountant and her son, 84 year old Gloria Mackenzie of Zepherhills, emerged from behind closed doors a multi-millionaire.

Neither the winner or her son said a word. Her lawyer and accountant are Jacksonville based, which is where the adult son lives.

It took Mackenzie about three hours to claim the prize. She showed up unannounced says Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.

"Mrs. Mackenzie has elected to receive the winnings in an onetime, lump sum payment," said Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.

The ticket was purchased at a Zepherhills Publix. In a statement read by the Lottery Secretary, winner Mackenzie thanked a person who made it possible for her to buy the winning ticket.

"While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line," said O’Connell.

The winner was a quick pick. The two dollar bonanza was the only ticket purchased at the time, although Mackenzie had previously purchased four other tickets.

After all the payouts, a record jackpot produced an extra 15 million dollars for Florida schools.

Deputy Lottery Secretary David Bishop, says the family made it clear they'd have nothing to say from the beginning.

"They respect their privacy. They want their privacy," said Bishop.

Taxes on the one time 371 million payout will be about 90 million dollars. That leaves the family 280 million.

There have been bigger prizes, but never sold to single ticket holder.


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