Gloria MacKenzie Claims Second-Largest U.S. Lottery Jackpot
Gloria Mackenzie, an 84-year-old from Zephyrhills, Florida, has claimed the largest Powerball jackpot ever won by a single ticket holder and the jackpot is also the second largest in U.S. history. She bought the winning Powerball ticket at a Publix supermarket and matched the five main numbers plus the Powerball to win the top prize.
What were the winning Powerball numbers?
The winning numbers for May 18th were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and the Powerball number was 11. There were over 4 million prize winners in the drawing and in addition to the jackpot winner, thirty-five players matched five main numbers to win the second-tier prize of $1 million. Two of these players opted for the Power Play, which increased their winnings to $2 million. You can view the full prize breakdown with information on winners and payouts on the dedicated numbers page.
Gloria bought the jackpot-winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills and told officials: "While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket.” She had also previously bought four other tickets for the same drawing.
Gloria chose to accept the cash-lump sum of $370.9 million and took home a total of $278 million after taxes. You can find out more about the two different options for claiming a Powerball jackpot on the Cash Vs Annuity page.
How will she spend the winnings?
The retired teacher has reportedly offered $2 million to the Schneck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, where she previously taught and her daughter is currently a biology teacher. Quenten Clark, superintendent of the school district, commented on Gloria’s kind gesture, saying, “East Millinocket was not going to have a school in the long run, and I think with this we'll be able to keep the school going for a while.”
Clint Linscott, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, also commented on Gloria’s good will, saying that Gloria “is a very dedicated Schenck High School teacher. She has remained very respectful during this whole process. She is a good person.”
It has been reported that Gloria will also be sharing a portion of the winnings with her son and they have not yet confirmed what they plan to buy with the remainder of the winnings.
How many Powerball jackpot winners have come from Florida?
Six Powerball jackpot winners have bought their tickets in Florida since the beginning of the game. Christopher McGurran won $50 million on December 26th, 2016 and the Carvajal Family Group won $182.1 million on February 26th, 2011. You can learn more about the latest jackpot winners and the biggest winners ever on the Powerball Winners page.
If you would like to have a chance at winning a large Powerball prize, you can pick up a ticket from any authorized retailer. Fans of the game are also able to choose their numbers online for the next drawing. The winning numbers will be available once verified on the Powerball Numbers section.
Page Last Updated: 11/29/2017 5:57:18 AM ET