June 14, 2013 – Gloria Mackenzie, the sole winner of the record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot May 18, continues to disappoint by not doing anything newsworthy with her money.
Her inactivity prompted several media outlets this week to release the *shocking* information that Mackenzie still shops at Wal-Mart, and even (oh, no!) asked for a doggy bag from an affordable breakfast spot.
Then the rumor mill picked up speed Wednesday after a Mackenzie look-alike picked up the $2,600 tab for an entire restaurant only 20 miles away from Zephyrhills, Mackenzie’s hometown.
The good samaritan assured diners and employees she wasn’t the big winner – but that didn’t seem to stop a few days worth of speculation.
In other parts of the country, Powerball winners are still popping up with million-dollar tickets from the May 18 drawing. There were 35 second-prize winners that night, with two Power-Play winners.
One of those $2 million PowerPlay tickets was claimed in New York Wednesday at an impromptu payout party – 10 people showed up at the New York Lottery Headquarters, all claiming prizes of $1 million or more, and three of the tickets were confirmed as May 18 Powerball tickets.
On the business side of the lottery, privatization in New Jersey was given the green light in appeals court, where a judge determined that there would be “no irreparable harm” in granting Northstar New Jersey – the only bidder for the management of N.J. Lottery – license to operate the state’s games.
In Ohio, lawmakers seem disillusioned by their private operator, Intralot, Inc., but agreed to extend the company’s contract for another two years. Ohio Sen. Bill Coley summed up the apprehension during deliberations: “Pardon me if I’m not celebrating,” pointing to poor sales performance over the past year.
Private lottery operator Scientific Games had a big week as well, signing new contracts with South Carolina and Oklahoma here, and starting a deal with the Hungarian lottery overseas.
Finally, the Powerball jackpot rolled over again Wednesday night to $85 million, inching closer to the $100 million mark that usually gets the jackpot climbing faster.
For all the loyal Powerball players out there, best of luck tomorrow night!