Nice gesture helps Florida widow, 84, win $590M Powerball jackpot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) –  When Gloria C. MacKenzie went to a Publix supermarket near Tampa last month to buy a Powerball ticket, another person in line did something nice for the 84-year-old widow and let her go first.

The kind gesture turned out to be a life-changing one for MacKenzie and her family. She came forward Wednesday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history, $590 million.

MacKenzie is a retiree from Maine and a mother of four who lives in Zephyrhills, where the lone winning ticket in the May 18 drawing was sold. She took her prize in a lump sum of just over $370 million. After federal taxes, she's getting about $278 million.

In a statement, she said she appreciated the fellow lottery player's gesture and asked for privacy.

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