FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA POWERBALL® WINNER COMES FORWARD
TWO DAYS AFTER WINNING $291 MILLION JACKPOT
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that the sole winner of the $291.4 million POWERBALL® jackpot from the drawing held on Wednesday, March 2, claimed the prize at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. The winner, James Stocklas, 67, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $191,470,307.58.
Stocklas, a senior judge, was on his annual Florida vacation where he spent about a month fishing in the Florida Keys with close friends and relatives. On Tuesday, he and the group were driving back to Pennsylvania in their RVs and stopped at the Tom Thumb store for a bag of ice and to pick up some Florida Lottery tickets. "I occasionally play the lottery back home and when I'm in Florida," Stocklas said. The trip back home concluded last night and this morning Stocklas was back to his typical, daily routine. "I go to the same restaurant every day for breakfast and before I began drinking my coffee or reading the paper, I pulled up the news on my phone and saw a headline about a Florida POWERBALL winner," Socklas explained. "I got my POWERBALL ticket out of my wallet to check the numbers, and sure enough, I was the jackpot winner!" Stocklas then bought breakfast for everyone in the restaurant and called his friends and family to say, "we are going back to Florida!"
The winning numbers were 12-13-44-52-62 and the Powerball was 06. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Tom Thumb, located at 5515 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The retailer will receive $85,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
This series of POWERBALL jackpot rollovers, which began on January 16, following the record setting $1.58 billion POWERBALL jackpot, generated more than $25.7 million for education in Florida. Plus, in addition to the jackpot winner, Florida had more than one million winners, totaling more than $10.8 million in prizes, during this jackpot series.
Florida is a great place to play POWERBALL, as it is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, exceeding more than $3.5 billion in sales, yielding $1.4 billion in education funding to date. Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation with more than 64 million winning tickets totaling more than $2 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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