Powerball Fever Grows As Jackpot Reaches $425M

Chances of matching all six Powerball numbers is 1 in 175 million

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    An 84-year-old woman from Zephyrhills, Gloria C. Mackenzie, has come forward as the biggest single lottery winner in U.S. history. Mackenzie, who won the record-setting $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, has elected to receive the winnings in a one-time lump sum payment of about $370 million before taxes. Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell read a statement from Mackenzie at a press conference Wednesday.

    It's lottery fever again.

    Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is now up to $425 million after no one hit Saturday's $307 million top prize, marking this the fourth largest pot of any lottery game. 

    The all-time record $656 Mega Millions jackpot was split between three ticket holders in March of last year.

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    In June the largest Powerball Jackpot winner in the games’ 21-year history was given to 84-year-old Gloria C. Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla. Mackenzie chose to collect the winnings in a one-time payment of $370 million before taxes.

    Powerball's last big winner came from Pennsylvania, where a woman there hit a $131.5 million jackpot on June 22. She pocketed a lump-sum of $77.4 million last week.

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    The woman who won the big $131 million powerball jackpot in June has been identified as an Upper Darby woman. NBC10's Rosemary Connors went to the Point Breeze beer store where the ticket was sold to find out how the regulars feel about a "non-local" winning the big prize.

    The potential winner of tonight's drawing will receive a lump sum, pre-tax payout of $244.7 million.

    Chances of matching all six Powerball numbers is 1 in 175 million.