Nightly News   |  May 19, 2013

Fla. town waits for Powerball winner

Residents of Zephyrhills, Fla., where the winning ticket for the $590 million jackpot was sold, are anxiously awaiting to find out who the big winner is. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>>> we now know where but we still don't know who. we're talking of course about the huge powerball jackpot and that one winning ticket that someone bought in a small town in central florida . nbc's kerry sanders is there tonight.

>> reporter: in zephyrhills , florida, population 13,337, we know who didn't win.

>> warren connelly from zephyrhills . a loser!

>> reporter: the one and only winning ticket was sold at this publix grocery store . the chances of winning -- 1 in 175 million.

>> wow. i should have went to publix .

>> reporter: while it is believed a resident of this town famous for zephyrhills springs bottled water is the winner, it's possible the ticket holder could have parachuted in from elsewhere. tens of thousands come to zephyrhills for its drop zone , one of the most popular sky diving spots in the united states . annary hammond bought a powerball ticket at that publix grocery store last night.

>> this morning when we heard the thing on the news -- i ran to my purse. i was like -- aw.

>> reporter: the winning ticket is worth $590.5 million. $148 million goes right to the federal government in taxes. if the winner takes the lump sum, it will be a $370 million payday. the second largest lottery winnings in the united states , ever.

>> tonight we had the biggest jackpot in powerball history.

>> reporter: the $590 million jackpot is so large, it could fund the city of zephyrhills ' entire government budget for the next 12 years.

>> i don't see how one person could ever spend that kind of money. in them, their children and their grandchildren couldn't spend that kind of money.

>> reporter: while we're here waiting to find out who won the powerball, in virginia and new jersey, there were two winning tickets sold in the mega millions , the identities of those winning tickets owners are yet to come forward but by comparison to the $590 million in the powerball? those mega million winners are going to have to split a measly $190 million. lester?

>> tough times indeed, kerry sanders , thanks very much.