Single winner claims huge Powerball pot

Single winner claims huge Powerball pot
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POSTED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:04pm

An 84-year-old Florida woman claimed the second-biggest U.S. lottery jackpot Wednesday and will pocket a $370 million lump sum before taxes, state lottery officials announced.

Gloria Mackenzie bought the winning ticket in the May 18 Powerball drawing at a grocery store in Zephyrhills, near Tampa, Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell said.

Mackenzie did not attend a news conference and pleaded for privacy in a statement O'Connell read to reporters.

The amount of the prize ballooned to $590 million as the drawing approached, with Florida lottery officials selling about $45,000 worth of tickets an hour at the peak.

Mackenzie turned down the 30-year payout and took the smaller one-time amount, O'Connell said. 

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