Powerball Winner Gloria MacKenzie's Shocking Purchase Will Surprise You! See How Zephyrhills Woman Is Spending Her Jackpot Winnings [PHOTOS]
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The Powerball winner from Zephyrhills, who has been identified as Gloria MacKenzie, isn't letting her $278 million dollar Powerball payout go to her head. The 84-year-old woman is reportedly remaining frugal with her money, shocking people by eating at local restaurants and even shopping at Walmart, even though she is now a multi-millionaire! Gloria is splitting the $278 million with her son, Scott, 57. The Powerball winner still gets driven around in her son's old Ford Focus.
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"We are grateful for this blessing of winning the Florida Lottery Powerball jackpot and appreciate the interest of the public, the State of Florida and the lottery," she said in a statement.
The only big purchase that Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie and her son Scott are making is a new home, to be shared with Scott's boyfriend Jerry Cruz. Gloria lived in a trailer in Zephyrhills, Florida with her husband Ralph for 25 years. However, she was forced to move into a run-down bungalow last year after his death in 2005 left her resources scarce.
The MacKenzies and Jerry Cruz were spotted eating at Joe's Crab Shack in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday. That Monday, Gloria and Scott ate at Crazy Egg Café, where the most expensive item is only $10.99. They also were spotted shopping at Walmart. The Powerball winner did make one concession, however: she is staying in a luxury hotel while she waits for her new luxury home in Jacksonville to be ready.
The Powerball winner is also rumored to have bought an entire restaurant full of people dinner at BuddyFreddy's in Plant City. A woman paid the bill for all the diners at the restaurant recently, and Gloria MacKenzie is rumored to be the mystery benefactor. "It sure looked like her," said Stephanie Reaves, the restaurant's manager. "She looked like the woman on TV."
The woman, believed to be the Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie, ate with a younger man and another woman around 4pm on Sunday. She then left, but returned to pay for all 180 diners in the restaurant! The total bill came to $2,600, and the woman gave $50 to each of the five servers. "Everybody got up an applauded and started hugging her," Reaves said. "In my 35 years in the restaurant industry, I've never seen anything like it." The woman reportedly denied being Gloria MacKenzie, Reaves said, "but she sure fit the description."