On 18th of May this year 84 year old Gloria C. MacKenzie from a small town of Zephyrhills, Florida won the largest Powerball jackpot in history. The lucky jackpot winner scooped an incredible $590,500,000! But she would never have won if it wasn’t due to the kindness of a 10 year old girl and her mother...
The Big Day: $590.5 million Powerball Jackpot up for grabs...
It was like any ordinary day standing in the lottery queue buying your lucky lotto ticket. But while 34 year old Mrs Crandell and her 10 year old daughter Mallory were rethinking their lottery numbers for the gigantic $590 Powerball jackpot an elderly lady went in ahead of them in the queue to purchase her ticket. Mallory said “Mommy, that woman is now before us”. Seeing that Mrs Crandell was unaware, the lady at the counter stopped Mrs Mackenzie to allow Mrs Crandell to reclaim her spot in line. Mrs Crandell however politely declined the offer and told Mrs Mackenzie "go ahead.”
They had no idea that this act of kindness would cost them $590,500,000!
Mindy Crandell and her daughter Mallory still remember well the day of the Powerball lottery drawing...
Mrs Mackenzie purchased one Quick Pick ticket and left the store. Mrs Crandell said family and friends began teasing her that the lady she allowed to cut in line was going to win the mega jackpot.
"The joke was, that's the lady that's going to win it. I was like, 'Yeah right. No one is going to win from little Zephyrhills,'" Mrs Crandell said.
Later that evening, Mrs Mackenzie matched all five numbers including the Powerball while Mrs Crandell was at home still being teased by family members that the lady in the line was probably the winner. It was a joke that she would endure for the next two weeks.
Mrs MacKenzie who won $590 on the USA Powerball jackpot
Mrs Mackenzie claimed the money on Wednesday and released a statement revealing that another woman "was kind enough" to allow her to cut in line when she purchased the winning ticket.
Mrs Crandell's 10-year-old daughter, Mallory, immediately recognised the Powerball winner saying “Mom, look at the lady”.
Mrs Crandell said "It could have been us, but things happen. Sometimes it's better to be patient than right. I knew we were teaching our daughter the right thing," she said.
Her daughter Mallory added, "I hope she's blessed with it. Polite is better than being rich."
While many people would be kicking themselves for the twist in fate, Crandell says she has no regrets.
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