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Florida Powerball winner claims $50 million jackpot

Jan 14, 2013, 10:24 am

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Christopher McGurran overnight went from living a modest life to living large.

The 30-year-old and his wife claimed the $50 million Powerball jackpot drawn last month in St. Petersburg.

"It's always somebody, someplace else, and you wonder if somebody won it. It's nice," said neighbor Bud Patten.

McGurran, a heating and cooling technician, bought the winning ticket at a Sweetbay grocery store just minutes from his home. Little did he know at the time that it would be his golden one.

The winning ticket was a Quick Pick.

"One of the mission statements of Sweetbay is to support our community. What better way to do that than to give somebody in our community $50 million," said assistant store manager Owen Henry.

He won't quite get $50 million, lottery officials say. He opted for the lump sum payout of $32.4 million.

Despite the figures, officials say he and his wife were calm while collecting the winnings. They've already reached out to financial advisors for help dealing with all that cash.

"They were prepared for this. They were subdued, but they were excited. I asked them what they did for living and now they said they're both retired," said David Bishop, deputy secretary of the Florida Lotto.

Their stroke of luck is spurring others at the Sweetbay to get their tickets there, hoping for lightning to strike twice.

The Sweetbay store, located at 2139 34th Street North, will receive a bonus incentive of $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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