DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s all about the odds, and one single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching all the numbers to win the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said early today.
The lone winner was sold at a Publix supermarket location in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O’Connell.
The winner was not immediately identified publicly, and O’Connell did not give any indication hours after Saturday’s drawing whether anyone had already stepped forward with the ticket.
“This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner, and right now, it’s the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot,” O’Connell told the AP. “We’re delighted right now that we have the sole winner.”
With four out of every five possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone was almost sure to win the game’s highest jackpot, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars – and that’s after taxes. Saturday night’s winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Estimates had earlier put the jackpot at around $600 million. But Powerball’s online site said early today that its latest tabulation of the tickets sold put the estimated jackpot at about an estimated $590.5 million.