Powerball Winning Ticket : Unknown ticket holder wins $600m in US lottery. LIFE in Miami just got a lot sunnier for one lucky lottery player, after a record-breaking $590.5 million Powerball ticket was purchased at a Florida grocery store.
News reports here said that the lone winning ticket was sold at a store in the town of Zephyrhills, near Tampa in southwest Florida.
The winning numbers — 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and a Powerball of 11 — dashed the hopes of millions of Americans who thronged supermarkets and convenience stores in recent days in hopes of winning the massive, life-changing payout.
But for the lucky ticket holder — whose identity was still unknown — the purchase proved to be the best two-dollar investment imaginable.
Powerball did not name the winner but said further details would be released shortly.
Powerball is played in 43 US states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands, making it among America’s most popular lottery games.
There were 26 million-dollar winning tickets throughout 16 states. The only other winning ticket in Massachusetts was purchased in Andover.
“It’s a surprise, period, that there was a winner out of Pittsfield,” A Mart employee Brianna Dillard said. “It puts us on the map.”
It was unknown which employee sold the winning ticket, but if the market find out, they will have “bragging rights,” Poole said.
The winner has one year to claim his or her prize in person at the Massachusetts State Lottery office in Braintree.
“We know immediately where the ticket is sold because it’s done electronically, but we don’t know who it is yet,” said Beth Bresnahan, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts State Lottery.
“You’d be surprised [how many wait to claim their prize],” Bresnahan added. “You get someone who’s on vacation, or seeking financial advice. Some will come in with a financial adviser.”
Massachusetts, like most of the 44 states that participate in the lottery, requires a person who wins more than $600 in the lottery to be publicly identified in a database.
“We’re state-run agencies. This is taxpayers’ money,” Bresnahan said. “They want to know where the money has gone to.”
The jackpot for tonight’s Powerball drawing increased to $600 million on Friday. The jackpot rolls over when there isn’t a winner and increases based on sales and projected sales, Bresnahan said.
At the A Mart Friday, some were hoping the store was their lucky stop, too, buying tickets for either Friday’s Mega Millions — estimated at $190 million — or “quick-pick” Powerball tickets for $600 million, spiking regular lottery business at the store.
“We really needed it,” Dillard said. “People have been so discouraged from playing the lottery lately.”
One person bought 48 Powerball tickets for a company pool, but declined to comment.
Leonice Quinlan bought just one quick-pick ticket just because she was in the area.
“It only takes one to win,” she said. “A million is not enough, not for me. I’d take care of my family, travel occasionally.”
A Mart will receive 1 percent commission, or $10,000, for the million-dollar winning ticket sold there on Wednesday. The commission for selling the jackpot Powerball ticket is capped at $50,000, Bresnahan said.