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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.