ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Someone in Florida has struck it very rich, as a Powerball ticket worth a record $590.5 million was sold at a grocery store in a Tampa Bay area suburb.
The lone winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O’Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.
“This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it’s the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot,” O’Connell told AP. “We’re delighted right now that we have the sole winner.”
She said Florida has had more Powerball winners than any other state.
The winner was not immediately identified publicly and O’Connell did not give any indication just hours after Saturday’s drawing whether anyone had already stepped forward with that winning ticket.
With four out of every five possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, lottery executives said earlier that someone was almost certain to win the game’s highest jackpot, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that’s after taxes.
Estimates had earlier put the jackpot at around $600 million. But Powerball’s online site said early Sunday that its latest tabulations of all tickets sold put that jackpot at an estimated $590.5 million.
The latest Powerball jackpot is the world’s second largest overall, just behind a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.
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