Top Gambling Win: 2013 Gloria McKenzie Florida, US $590.5 million
Gloria McKenzie, age 84, became the largest single winner of the Powerball lottery when she won $590.5 million in May 2013. She beat the odds of 1 in 175 million to win the jackpot. She bought her ticket in a local Publix supermarket in the town of Zephyrhills, Florida, wherein a person in front of her in the queue had let her go first. This act of kindness cost that person a lot!
The entire annual budget of the town where she lives is only a fraction of her instant fortune: $49 million. It was reported that McKenzie opted to receive a lump sum of half the payout than to receive 30 annual installments of the full jackpot. It’s understandable, given that she was already 84 years old when she won the prize.