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A single winner, in Florida, of the US lottery: jackpot 590 million dollars

Monday, May 20th 2013 - 06:56 UTC
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A Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills sold the lucky ticket (Photo: NBC) A Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills sold the lucky ticket (Photo: NBC)

A single winner in Florida has beaten incredible odds and will take home the entire 590.5 million dollars Powerball jackpot. The lucky ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., outside of Tampa, according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O’Connell.

“This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot” O'Connell told the Associated Press. “We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner.”

Florida has had more than its share of luck when it comes to Powerball. It's produced more jackpot winners than any other state in the US. The lone winner defied some seriously tough odds to take home the prize. Lottery officials put the chance of winning at 1 in 175.2 million.

But that didn't stop Americas from lining up at convenience stores and gas stations to pick up their 2 dollars chance to become an overnight multi-millionaire.

The jackpot of the 43-state lottery was originally expected to surpass 600 million - the second highest ever - but was later revised down to a little over 590 million.

Lottery officials did not say if the ticket had been claimed yet but once the lucky person claims their prize, the will have the option to take home one lump sum of roughly 377 million. The about half of that will go to federal and state taxes.

According to NBC News, “The very day you cash in your winning ticket you'll be hit with a withholding that is deducted immediately from your payout. Then, next April, you’ll pay whatever additional tax you owe based on the bracket you’re in after you add up all your other earnings”

Luckily for the winner, Florida does not charge any state tax on lottery earnings. The winning Powerball numbers drawn late Saturday were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 with Powerball number 11.

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    Glad its an Irish American, from the headline I was worried it could be some gansterish Cuban emigre!

    May 21st, 2013 - 09:50 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    No one has come forward here in the US, yet you know it”s an Irish immigrant no less?

    May 21st, 2013 - 11:00 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    O'Connell sounds Irish to me, though I've no idea if he's an immigrant, these days more likely to be native born if of Irish descent...unlike the Miami Cubans!

    May 22nd, 2013 - 09:08 am 0
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