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Florida lottery player claims $182.1M Powerball jackpot

Mar 4, 2011, 9:05 am

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A 69-year-old Kissimmee woman arrived in Tallahassee Thursday to claim the $182.1 million jackpot from the Feb. 26 Powerball drawing.

Ines Carvajal claimed the prize in the name of the Carvajal Family Group, and opted to take a lump-sum payment of $91,187,716.61, before taxes.

Her jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize ever won in Florida, behind the $189 million jackpot won in October 2009 by Dr. William A. Steele of Orlando.

Carvajal bought the winning Quick Pick ticket at the Publix at 2340 Fortune Road in Kissimmee.

But she didn't know right away that she had won, she told Florida Lottery officials.

She was at the Publix with her sister, who was buying a scratch-off ticket, when she remembered that she had not checked her Powerball tickets, Lottery spokeswoman Shelly Safford said.

"Carvajal could not believe it when she found out that she held the jackpot-winning ticket," Safford said. She told Lottery officials she plans to share her winnings with her family.

The store received $65,000 for selling the ticket.

Carvajal is the fourth jackpot winner in Florida since the game launched in the state in January 2009.

Carvajal, who could not be reached for comment, declined to let Lottery officials take her photo.

Public records show she has lived in Kissimmee for more than 10 years and previously lived in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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