Winning ticket for $590.5 million Powerball lottery sold in Florida

Sun May 19, 2013 1:06pm EDT

1 of 9. The winning Powerball number is shown after being drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee May 18, 2013.

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(Reuters) - A single winning ticket for a record Powerball lottery jackpot worth $590.5 million was sold in Florida, organizers said late on Saturday, but there was no immediate word about who won one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history.

The winning numbers from Saturday night's drawing were: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball number of 11. The odds of winning were put at 1 in 175 million.

The winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a suburb of Tampa, according to the Florida Lottery.

The winner or winners had not come forward as of Sunday morning, said Connie Barnes, a Florida Lottery spokeswoman. The winning ticket holder's name will become part of the public record because a check will be made out to the winner, but that person or persons need not appear in public to acknowledge the prize, Barnes said.

The grand prize, accumulated after two months of drawings, surpassed the previous record Powerball payoff of $587.5 million set in November 2012.

The largest jackpot in U.S. history stands at $656 million, won in the Mega Millions lottery of March 2012. That prize was split between winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, based in Iowa, announced the Powerball results in a brief message on its website, saying, "There was one winner sold by the Florida Lottery for the last drawing's $590,500,000 grand prize."

The extremely long odds of winning did not deter people from buying tickets at staggering rates. California was selling $1 million in tickets every hour on Saturday, said Donna Cordova, a spokeswoman for the California Lottery, which has only been selling Powerball tickets since April 8.

The $2 tickets allow players to pick five numbers from 1 to 59, and a Powerball number from 1 to 35.

(Additional reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas, and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles.; Editing by Daniel Trotta, Christopher Wilson and Cynthia Osterman)

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morbas wrote:
Zephyrhills, Pasco County Florida: mean income 30,000 year, just jumped to $85,000 for this year (asuming a lump sum payout) or plus $55,000 per capita mean income. Population just over 10,800 (Wikipedia 2000 census). The Zephyrhills water company likely just lost an employee. Congratulations, you likely just crossed into a new world, seek professional advice (experience) to adjust to a different reality.

May 19, 2013 9:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeffmast wrote:
I have made a lot of money through the lottery.I always bet my friends $10 that they are not going to win,I have only lost 1 bet.The problem is no one ill bet me any more

May 19, 2013 2:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Way too much money for any person to “win”. So, no report on the millions of suckers out there? You know, all those who lost? And I’m not talking about those who put down a couple of bucks, but rather about those who gambled their rent or car payment, etc.

May 19, 2013 5:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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