The Publix store in Zephyrhills, Fla., where the winning ticket in the record Powertball jackpot was sold.
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Zephyrhills people ask each other: Did you win Powerball jackpot?

$590.5M ticket sold in tiny Florida town

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ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla - Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Tampa over the past few days and bought a lottery ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.

But it wasn't Matthew Bogel. On Sunday, he loaded groceries into his car after shopping at the Publix. He shook his head when asked about the jackpot.

"It's crazy, isn't it?" he said. "That's so much money."

It's an amount too high for many to imagine. Compare it to the budget for the city of Zephyrhills : This year's figure is just more than $49 million. The winning Powerball jackpot is 12 times that.

The sole winner of the money hadn't come forward as of Sunday afternoon.

This is Florida's sixth Powerball winner - the most of any state, Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell told The Associated Press.

"We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner," she said.

Saturday night's winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.

Two tickets sold in Kentucky - in Vine Grove and Buckner - won $1 million apiece. A total of 35 tickets across the country had the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number. Two of those "Match 5" winners will collect $2 million for playing Power Play; the rest get $1 million apiece.

Plenty of people in Zephyrhills - population 13,337 - are wondering who the winner is.

Joan Albertson drove over to the Publix early Sunday morning with her camera in hand, just in case the winner emerged. She said she had bought a ticket at a store across the street, and the idea of winning that much money was still something of a shock.

"Oh, there's so much good that you could do with that amount of money." Albertson said. "I don't even know where to begin.

Zephyrhills is a small city in Pasco County, about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa. Nearly 30 percent of the residents are 65 or older.

Once a rural farming town, Zephyrhills is now known as a hotbed for skydiving activity, and the home to large retiree mobile home parks and Zephyrhills bottled water.

And now, one lucky lottery ticket.

"I'm getting text messages and messages from Facebook going, `Uh, did you win the lottery?'" Sandra Lewis said. "No, I didn't win, guys. Sorry."

Sara Jeltis said her parents in Michigan texted her with the news Sunday morning.

"Well, it didn't click till I came here," she said, gesturing to the half-dozen TV live trucks humming in the Publix parking lot. "And I'm like, wow I can't believe it, it's shocking! Out of the whole country, this Publix, in little Zephyrhills would be the winner."

A call to Publix's headquarters in Lakeland, Fla., was not immediately returned Sunday.

The world's largest jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.

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