Florida woman wins $590.5m Powerball jackpot


Luck was shining on one Florida lady this weekend as she awoke yesterday the winner of the $590.5 million (£389 million) US Powerball jackpot.

The massive prize is the highest single Powerball jackpot in history, lottery officials have said.

The single ticket was purchased for around £1.32 at a supermarket in the small town of Zephyrhills, near Tampa, Florida, according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell.

"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 Associated Press. "We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."

The as-yet unnamed winner who beat odds of 175 million-to-1 is believed to have come forward yesterday, according to the Mirror, and now has 60 days to decide whether she wants to take her astonishing windfall in one go or in 30 annual instalments of about £13 million each.

Winning numbers
Saturday night's winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.

Consolation prizes from Saturday's drawing were making people rich too, according to USA Today. Tickets worth $2 million each were sold in New York state and South Carolina. And 33 people in 17 states will pocket a cool $1 million.

USA Today reports that the jackpot nudged only slightly ahead of Powerball's previous record jackpot of $587.5 million, which drew two winning tickets just last year. The largest U.S. jackpot was $656 million from a Mega Millions drawing in 2012 that was shared between three people.

Europe record
In July 2011, Brits Colin and Chris Weir won a record Euromillions jackpot of £161m – Europe's biggest-ever lottery prize.

As well as splashing out on a new home and fleet of luxury cats for family and friends, the Scottish couple set up a new charity with a £5 million endowment. The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish groups, individuals or other charities providing services in the country.

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