Record-Setting Powerball Jackpot Winning Ticket Was Purchased In Florida

on May 19 2013 7:24 PM
Powerball Sign-May 17, 2013
An electronic street sign in New York displays the estimated value of the Powerball lottery-winning ticket or tickets on Friday. Reuters

In or around Zephyrhills, Fla., someone is holding onto a single piece of paper worth an estimated $590.5 million. That person is the sole winner of the largest-ever Powerball lottery jackpot, after he or she purchased the winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in the town about 30 miles outside Tampa.

Florida Lottery officials have confirmed that the winning powerball ticket was sold in Zephryhills, according to the Associated Press. Although the jackpot was originally estimated to be $600 million, the actual haul was slightly smaller. Still, the Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million has established a record as the largest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game, dethroning the $587.5 million record set last November.

The owner of the winning Powerball ticket was the only person to correctly match all six numbers, although several others in Florida came within a few numbers. The first five winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, and the winning Powerball number was 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 AP. “We’re delighted right now that we have the sole winner.”

The whole budget for the Zephyrhills was only $49 million this year, AP reported. That means that the Powerball jackpot would be enough to pay for the government operating costs for the entire municipality 12 times. The town of 13,337 is reportedly abuzz about the winning ticket.

While this is the largest-ever Powerball jackpot, it isn’t the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. In March of last year, the Mega Millions jackpot reached $656 million, although the pot was ultimately split by three winners in three separate states.