May 20, 2013 – Nobody has claimed the $590.5 million jackpot from Saturday night’s Powerball drawing, but what we do know is where the single winning ticket was purchased: a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, FL.
Rumors have begun to circulate through the tiny town, population 13,288 according to the 2010 census, that a 26-year-old woman is the proud owner of the nearly $600 million ticket.
But it isn’t likely that residents of Zephyrhills, or the rest of the nation, will know who the winner is anytime soon. Jackpot winners have 60 days to claim the cash option on Powerball jackpots, and winners in Florida must claim their prize within 180 days of purchase.
Jackpot winners often wait some time before claiming their prizes, taking precautions like hiring financial advisers and lawyers to help them manage their incredible windfalls.
While we may not know who won the record jackpot, the Florida lottery reported today that one of two $1 million secondary prizes won in Florida was claimed.
38-year-old Jacksonville resident Jeffrey Geeting claimed his $1 million prize Monday, splitting it down the middle with a friend. According to the Florida lottery, the friends had each purchased $20 of Powerball tickets and promised to share any winnings.
One other $1 million prize is waiting to be claimed. That winning ticket was sold in Pinellas Park.
A total of 643,055 Florida Powerball players won on Saturday night’s drawing.
Florida had the highest number of Power Play winners, with 87,803 players doubling the secondary prize amounts they won.