Lauderhill Woman Claims $80 Million Florida Powerball PrizeWednesday July 1st 2015
A Lauderhill woman has just claimed an $80 million Florida Powerball prize, becoming the state’s tenth big ticket winner of the popular American lottery game. Orencia Barzey purchased her ticket for the Powerball drawing on Saturday, June 20th and matched the winning numbers 9, 10, 16, 20 and 57 with Powerball 15 to win a truly life-changing prize. She chose to take a lump-sum prize of $49.5 million.
“I was very shocked when I checked the Lottery’s website and the numbers on my ticket matched what was on the screen,” she told Florida Lottery officials. “I don’t plan on changing much about my lifestyle, but I do plan on helping my family with my winnings.”
Barzey purchased her ticket at the Best Value Food Store in Plantation, Florida. The shop owner, Shahriar S. Hasan, said he was thrilled with the news that his store had sold a winning ticket. “I am happy because the neighborhood - they’re working class people and they deserve the money. They’re hard-working people,” he said in an interview with the Sun Sentinel. His store will receive $40,000 for selling the ticket to Barzey and Hasan plans to split some of that money between his workers before making a few payments on the shop itself.
Powerball is on an extraordinary winning streak this year, with ten tickets grabbing hundreds of millions of dollars in prizes. Notable winners have included Marie Holmes, who split a massive $564.1 million jackpot in February with ticket holders from Texas and Puerto Rico, and Anthony Perosi, a New York plumber who scooped an incredible $136 million jackpot in March. More recently, Maria Herrera of Arizona grabbed a $188.9 million top prize on Wednesday, June 3rd.
If you want to be like Orencia Barzey or any other winner and win a huge Powerball jackpot, your next opportunity to win big is tonight, when the game returns with a top prize of $60 million (estimated cash value $36.5 million). Have a look at the Powerball Information page to learn more about the game before you buy your tickets!