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Florida Accountant Claims $396 Million Jackpot

Florida Accountant Claims $396 Million Jackpot

The $396 million Powerball jackpot from January 29th has been claimed by a group known as the Vacation Life LLC. The managing member of the group, Sheryll Goedert, came forward to receive the gigantic prize.


Florida’s 13th jackpot win arrived six weeks ago when a single ticket from the state matched the winning numbers 9, 12, 15, 31 and 60, plus the Powerball of 2. It was the largest prize to have been seen on the game since March 2019.

The winner had 180 days to claim the money and the Florida Lottery has now confirmed in a press release that the prize has been collected. The Vacation Life LLC will receive the jackpot as a lump-sum payment worth more than $276 million.

Few other details were disclosed as Goedert did not make herself available to the media, but it was revealed that she was a 61-year-old accountant from the city of Ocala.

The winner works for the Collier, Jernigan & Goedert. P.A. firm. According to Florida Division of Corporation records, she formed the Vacation Life LLC about a week after the drawing on January 29th. She also continued to attend meetings with the Marion County Hospital board of trustees after the drawing.

The date of the drawing coincided with a vacation Goedert took at the same time. She purchased her winning Quick Pick from a 7-Eleven located at 4520 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The 7-Eleven will also receive a bonus of $100,000 for being the winning retailer.

Powerball in Florida

Florida has been one of the most successful Powerball states since it started selling tickets for the game in 2009. Among its 13 jackpot winners have been some of the biggest in Powerball history, including one of the three tickets for the record $1.58 billion draw in January 2016. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith from Melbourne Beach claimed a prize worth $528 million before tax.

Gloria MacKenzie from Zephyrhills also previously held the record for the biggest win on a single ticket after she landed $590 million in 2013. Go to the Florida Powerball page to find out more about these big winners and how the game works in the Sunshine State.

Ticket sales from Powerball have generated $5.1 billion in total in Florida, resulting in more than $2 billion being raised for education in the state. In terms of winners, Florida has sold more than 94 million winning Powerball tickets and given away more than $2.4 billion in prize money.

The Florida Lottery’s studio in Tallahassee is also the home to Powerball drawings every Wednesday and Saturday evening. View the latest numbers after every drawing to see if you can become the next big winner.



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