June 6, 2013 – In their press release yesterday, the Florida Lottery passed on a message from the record-jackpot winner Gloria Mackenzie thanking the woman who let her cut the line to buy a single Powerball ticket.
That woman, 34-year-old mother Mindy Crandell, says she’s not upset, and told ABC News “it could have been us, but things happen. Things are meant to be for a reason.”
Crandell was waiting in line at the Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fl., and had turned around attend to her 10-year-old daughter Mallory when Mackenzie stepped in front of her in line.
The cashier at Publix even stopped Mackenzie so that Crandell could reclaim her spot, but her patience and simple “go ahead” ended up giving Mackenzie the big win.
Crandell said in her interview with ABC News that she felt she was doing the right thing, and that she was teaching her daughter a lesson, one which Mallory apparently grasped.
Crandell told ABC that after recognizing Mackenzie on the television yesterday, her daughter Mallory only said “sometimes its better to be patient than rich.”
The 84-year-old Mackenzie chose to take her winnings in a one-time, lump sum payment of $370,896,780.54. Learn more about the big winner here.