84-Year-Old Wins Second-Largest U.S. Jackpot in History

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You’re never too old to experience a life-changing event.

On June 6, a Florida octogenarian won the second-largest U.S. jackpot in history, $590.5 million.

And all because of the kindness of one stranger—who let this little old lady go ahead of her in line to purchase the winning quick-pick ticket.

Gloria MacKenzie, 84, came forward last week to claim the $590.5 million jackpot, more than two weeks after the Powerball drawing on May 18, Florida Lottery officials said. She passed up a payout spread over 30 years for a somewhat smaller one-time lump sum, pocketing $370.9 million before taxes, CNN reported.

MacKenzie bought the winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a town of about 13,300, which is 30 miles northeast of Tampa. It is best known for the bottled spring water that bears its name—and now, for one of the biggest lottery winners of all time.

“We are grateful with this blessing of winning the Florida Lottery Powerball jackpot,” MacKenzie said in a statement.

However many years MacKenzie has left, they will certainly not be the same.

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