Winning ticket in Powerball jackpot sold in Fla.

6:55 AM, May 19, 2013   |    comments
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 17: A customer holds a Powerball ticket and money as he waits in line on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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USA TODAY - Check those Powerball tickets, Florida residents: One of you is holding the winning ticket in the record $590.5 million jackpot.

One ticket sold at a Publix Supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., has matched all six numbers, the Florida Lottery announced Sunday. The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and a Powerball of 11.

"This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot," Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell told the Associated Press. "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.

Estimates had earlier put Saturday's jackpot around $600 million, but Powerball's online site said Sunday that the jackpot had reached an estimated $590.5 million.

The largest lottery prize ever was doled out in March 2012 to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland for a $656 million Mega Millions top prize. Saturday's drawing doesn't top that jackpot, but it's the highest in Powerball history, surpassing that game's $587.5 million record set in November 2012.

Even if you didn't nab that grand prize, players should check their tickets to see if they won one of the lesser prizes, which could be as high as $2 million.

Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery, told the AP that lottery officials reported 33 winning tickets for $1 million prize each were sold in 17 states, led by six tickets in New York. He said lotteries reported two winning tickets each for the $2 million PowerPlay, one in New York and the other in South Carolina.

"Even if you don't win the jackpot, you may have a winning ticket," Andi Brancato, director of public relations for the Michigan Lottery, said late last week.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the top jackpot prize are one in 175 million.

The huge jackpot drew buzz across the USA, as players turned out in droves to pick what they hoped would be the winning numbers.

"This is beyond water-cooler talk,'' says Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer. "Everyone wants a shot at it. When jackpots get to this level, we see sales three to four times normal. The universe of players expands to occasional players and a lot of first-timers jumping in."

Mike Dunlap of Asheville, N.C., joined millions of other people nationwide who bought tickets in the run-up to the drawing and plotted what to do with the winnings.

"I'll assure you if I win the lottery I'll quit selling crackers," said Dunlap, a businessman who sells for snack food maker Snyder's-Lance.

Iznaud Rakiem, 61, a retired forklift operator from Des Moines, said he would take a more altruistic route: He'd donate to the less fortunate.

"I've been blessed," he said. "I would like to help others. I would like to forward education, do things for the underprivileged."

While buying a Powerball ticket in New Castle, Del., on Friday, Alice Thielemann, 69, said she plays both Powerball drawings every week.

"I have the same numbers all the time, but I've never ever been a winner on Powerball. Maybe today will change my luck," she said.

Amy Farrell, 32, of Des Moines, said she would also donate some of her winnings, but would also buy a house and have a "heyday" blowing it.

"Four-wheelers, ATVs; lots of fast ATVs," Farrell said. "I'd have the best camper - ever."

Even if you aren't lucky enough to be holding that winning jackpot ticket in Florida, you could get another chance soon: Large jackpots are increasingly common.

"Powerball was redesigned to have larger jackpots more often, but it was also redesigned to create lots of millionaires, and it's succeeding on both levels," says Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

That redesign helped to increase the odds of winning any single prize and lowered the possible number of combinations to win the Powerball.

"(People) are interested in a big jackpot and a big number, and when it can get to that number very fast, the interest continues to grow," Brancato said.

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