Florida Player Wins $168.5 Million Powerball Jackpot

Thursday August 13th 2020

A ticket holder in Florida is $168.5 million richer after hitting the jackpot in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. It is the sixth Powerball jackpot to fall so far in 2020 and the biggest one since April.

The five white balls in the August 12 drawing were 2, 6, 18, 36, and 37, alongside Powerball 21. One lucky ticket holder in Florida matched all of those numbers to land a nine-figure prize.

The winning ticket was a Quick Pick purchased at a Publix supermarket at 4770 North Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach.

The winner now has 300 days - extended from the usual 180 - to claim the prize and they will then have the choice of taking the full $168.5 million as an annuity or the cash option of $140.1 million.

Florida state law says that lottery winners cannot remain anonymous, so further details about the winner will be revealed when they make a claim for the prize.

There were also two winners in the Match 5 prize category, who each took home $1 million. The 2x Power Play was selected but neither of these winners added it to their ticket so the multiplier was not applied. The tickets were purchased in California and Pennsylvania.

Prior to this win, Powerball’s Grand Prize had been rolling since June 13, when it started at $20 million, and it has now reset to that amount for the next drawing on Saturday August 15. After the coronavirus outbreak the Powerball Product Group announced that there would be no starting jackpot and no minimum rollover amount. Jackpots and rollovers are instead currently determined by ticket sales and interest rates. 

This is Florida’s 14th Powerball jackpot win and the second of the year. Back on January 29, Sheryll Goedert from Ocala claimed a $396.9 million jackpot as the managing member of Vacation Life LLC. She opted to take the cash payout of over $276 million. 

Goedert joined a list of notable winners from Florida, a list that is topped by Gloria Mackenzie, who hit a $590.5 million jackpot in 2013. Almost three years after Mackenzie’s win, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith made history when they took a $528 million share of the record $1.5 billion jackpot.

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