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Woman, 84, comes forward to seize $590M Powerball prize

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-05 19:36:54-04

(CNN) — An 84-year-old Florida woman claimed the second-biggest U.S. lottery jackpot Wednesday and will pocket a $370 million lump sum before taxes, state lottery officials announced.

Gloria Mackenzie bought the winning ticket in the May 18 Powerball drawing at a grocery store in Zephyrhills, near Tampa, Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell said.

Mackenzie did not attend a news conference and pleaded for privacy in a statement O’Connell read to reporters.

The amount of the prize ballooned to $590 million as the drawing approached, with Florida lottery officials selling about $45,000 worth of tickets an hour at the peak.

Mackenzie turned down the 30-year payout and took the smaller one-time amount, O’Connell said.