Central Florida man claims $235.4 million jackpot prize
LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. – A Central Florida man claimed $235.4 million jackpot prize from the POWERBALL drawing held by the Florida Lottery.
The drawing was held on March 27 at the Florida Lottery’s Tallahassee headquarters. Thomas Yi, 23, chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum of $160,038, 447.27, according to the Florida Lottery.
“The clerk at the counter instantly became excited and kept repeating that I had won the $235 million POWERBALL jackpot,” Yi said.
Yi shared that despite the money, he still wants to pursue higher education in either a business or medical field, according to lottery officials. He is the youngest player in Florida Lottery history to claim a POWERBALL jackpot prize.
Florida Lottery officials said Yi bought the winning ticket from a Publix in Lutz. The retailer will receive a $95,000 bonus commission for selling the jackpot-winning POWERBALL ticket.
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