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Florida Lottery waiting for word from biggest Powerball winner ever

5:47 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Lottery said just like the rest of the world, it is still waiting to hear from the winner of that blockbuster $590 million Powerball jackpot.

The winning ticket was sold at a Publix store in Zephyrhills on Saturday. One ticket, a Quick Pick, matched all five numbers and the Powerball.

It's the largest Powerball jackpot in history.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize. However, the deadline is reduced to 60 days if the lucky ticket holder wants the lump-sum cash option worth $377 million.

David Bishop of the Florida Lottery has some advice for the winner.

"The first advice that we would give the winner is to sign that ticket. That ends any false disputes that may come up in the future and also put that ticket in a safe spot. That little piece of paper is worth $590 million. It's pretty valuable."

Last weekend's Powerball drawing also produced two other $1 million winning tickets in Jacksonville and Pinellas Park.

Bishop said Florida has now had six Powerball winners over the past four years and all of the winning tickets were Quick Picks.

"We've sold Powerball for four-and-a-half years and with this weekend we awarded our one-billionth dollar in Powerball prizes. We are Powerball country here. Not only do we have the big jackpot winner but we also had two winners who won a million dollars."

The Publix store that sold the winning ticket also benefits. It earns a retailer's commission of $85,000.

Dave Heller

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