Another milestone in lotto history has been made Saturday May 18, 2013 as the second biggest jackpot in lottery history goes to a single winning ticket from a suburb in Tampa, Florida, according to lotto executives.
It started out as a $40 Million pot which progressed to a supersized jackpot after 13 draws failed to produce a single winning ticket. It culminated with the very first solo win in the State of Florida, taking home the 2nd biggest jackpot in lotto history and the current largest for American Powerball. This sets the record for the biggest single-ticket win in any lottery game and puts Powerball in the pinnacle of lottery history.
The winning lottery numbers for the May 18, 2013 draw were set at 10, 13, 14, 22, and 52, with Powerball number 11. After taxes and proceeds are deducted from the final jackpot, the winning ticket holder will come home with a lump sum payment amounting to $370.9 million.
On Friday, May 17, organizers predicted that the jackpot would reach an astonishing $600 million. It was only a few points away from meeting the predicted number by the Saturday draw. Despite this setback American Powerball’s jackpot was more than enough to establish its dominance and etch a record in lotto as the biggest single win for any game ever played.
Lotto officials said they were pretty pleased with the results and that this is Florida’s 6th lottery win for the record. Local lotto official Cindy O’Connell expressed her excitement as the state now has their first solo-win in the Powerball. This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot, We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."
Lotto Executives did not provide the identity of the single winner right away and even evaded to produce any information for the winnings in the first few hours after the draw as there had not been anyone to come forward and claim the winnings with the ticket number combination.
Powerball is now available in 43 states and the District of Columbia as well as the US Virgin Islands at $2 dollars a ticket and draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 PM Eastern Standard time.