Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Is a 26-year-old woman America's biggest ever single lottery winner?

Is a 26-year-old woman America's biggest ever single lottery winner? 

Tiny Florida town stunned after $590m Powerball jackpot ticket is traced to this store

Speculation is growing that a 26-year-old Florida woman scooped the $590 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday

It has been confirmed that the winning ticket was bought in a Zephyrhills - population 13,337 - supermarket late last week

Will be offered a $371 million lump sum

Once the winner comes forward he or she will be named by Florida state law

Winning numbers are 10-13-14-22-52, with a Powerball of 11
Winner of record-breaking jackpot beat odds of 175million to one

The small town of Zephyrhills, Florida, is convulsed with speculation that a lucky 26-year-old woman is the owner of the winning Powerball ticket worth $590.5 million.

Under state law the mystery winner's name will be made public imminently after they beats odds of 175 million in purchasing the winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in the town of 13,337 people just days before Saturday's mega draw.

Their life changed forever, the winner is currently deciding whether to take the annuity or lump sum, which will work out to $370,896,780.54 - or $278 million after the federal government takes its share.

If it is confirmed to be a sole winner it will be the biggest personal jackpot winning in U.S. history if they are not part of a syndicate.

Speculation in Zephyrhills has reached feverish levels of speculation as the residents prepare to discover who among them has become the nations latest multi-millionaire.
'Who ever it is, I will be glad to see if we know them or anything like that,' said Brian Miller, according to ABC News Radio.

'I can't believe it. It's shocking,' said Sara Jeltis to ABC News Radio. 'Out of the whole country, this Publix in little Zephyrhills would be the winner.'

It's an amount too high for many to imagine. Compare it to the budget for the city of Zephyrhills: This year's figure is just more than $49 million. The winning Powerball jackpot is 12 times that.
The as-yet unnamed winner is believed to have come forward yesterday and now has 60 days to decide whether she wants to take the incredible windfall in one go or in 30 annual instalments of about £13million each.

And Florida has no state income tax, so if the winner lives there — and wasn’t just in town for Zephyrhills’ popular skydiving tours — he or she will save millions more.

Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said there are a lot of rumors about who won, but the store doesn't know. 'We're excited for the winner or winners,' she said.

Gary Cooper, of Zephyrhills, told ABC News he 'heard' that a 26-year-old woman had the winning ticket.

The lucky ticket was bought sometime Saturday or earlier at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a city of about 13,000 people best known around the state for its brand of spring water with the same name.

The town was also home to notorious radiologist Carl Tanzler, who developed a morbid obsession for a young Cuban American tuberculosis patient, Elena Milagro de Hoyos

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