Until the winner of the $590 million Powerball jackpot comes forward, it seems the rumour mill surrounding the identity of the lucky Floridian winner is not going to stop.
Almost two weeks have gone by since the lucky winner won their staggering prize, which was the second highest lottery jackpot won in the world ever and the biggest prize ever to be won by a single ticket.
Since then residents in the small town of Zephyrhills have been speculating on who that winner could be, leading to rumours spreading not only across the state but across the world. At the centre of the rumours is an unidentified 26 year old single mother who lives in the town, who has been the suspected winner right from word go. However, even the most well-connected of residents cannot confirm her identity, with conflicting reports that she works as a cashier in the local McDonalds, Wal-Mart store or even the Publix supermarket where the ticket was sold.
That Publix store also features heavily in local gossip. New rumours are now surfacing that the winners could be a syndicate of deli employees working at the store, after several workers on the counter allegedly failed to show up for work on the Monday after the draw.
However, the small town also attracts a lot of visitors due to its popular sky diving experiences, so residents are considering that it could be a sky diving visitor to the town who bought the ticket.
The Florida Lottery officials don’t seem worried about the delay in the winner coming forward. David Bishopl, Deputy Secretary, said “We don’t expect anyone to come forward right away. The winner may not even know they have the winning ticket yet. And if they are smart, they are going to see an attorney and talk to an accountant first.”
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