In May 2013, an elderly woman from Florida won $590 Million through a single ticket purchase on the Powerball Lottery . The Powerball Lottery is a multi-state lottery comprising of 36 member lotteries.
The winning Powerball ticket was bought in a supermarket in Zephyrhill, Florida, the draw was made on the 18th May 2013 and no doubt changed the then 84 year old lady’s life forever!
The lucky ticket was bought for two dollars, and the winner, Gloria Mackenzie, opted to take the lump sum of $278 million after taxes, instead of 30 annual payments of $19 million. The huge Powerball win made Gloria a multi-millionaire worth more the David & Victoria Beckham and even Simon Cowell!
Indeed, at the time winning the jackpot officials confirmed it was the biggest single win in the US Lotto history and the odds of winning the top prize were one in 175 million.
Powerball players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 and a Powerball number from 1 to 35, the draws take place in America every Wednesday and Saturday, and the jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. (Check out our Player’s Guide to the Powerball Lottery for more information!)
The Powerball’s minimum jackpot is $40 million and UK players can take part, by buying tickets online. Even if you don’t win the jackpot, there are 8 other secondary prizes available on each draw.
Always check the published results to ensure you match the numbers correctly!