Mindy Crandell let an elderly woman in front of her as she stood in line at a Florida super market. That elderly woman bought a “Quick Pick” ticket, and became the biggest lottery winner of all time. Crandell, who was planning to buy a quick pick as well, essentially missed out on millions by being polite. And it doesn’t bother her one bit.
84-year-old Gloria McKenzie won the 590-million dollar lottery grand prize with her ticket. She says she will split it with her son who lives a thome with her. Their home is a cramped one story with a tin roof.
‘It could have been us, but things happen. Sometimes it’s better to be patient than right. I knew we were teaching our daughter the right thing,’ Crandell told ABC News.
Mrs Crandall says she believes she is the woman Mrs Mackenzie was talking about when she revealed in her public statement: ‘While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket.’
Mrs Crandall, who lives in Zephyhills – the same small city where Mrs Mackenzie retired, told ABC News that she still remembers the elderly woman who stepped in front of her while she was waiting in line to buy her Powerball tickets last month.
Mrs Crandall says she was tending to her children at the time and didn’t notice that someone had cut the line.
‘My 10-year-old said, “Mom, There’s a lady in front of us.” I noticed that the lady was there. Didn’t pay a lot of mind to it,’ she told ABC.
When Mrs Mackenzie made it to the register, the clerk motioned for Mrs Crandall to come forward instead. Mrs Crandall waited. ‘Go ahead,’ she told the elderly Mrs Mackenzie.
‘The joke was, that’s the lady that’s going to win it. I was like, “Yeah right. No one is going to win from little Zephyrhills,” Mrs Crandall said.
Mrs Mackenzie, a widow and with four children and at least four grandchildren, also said in her statement that she is planning to split her winnings with her son, 54-year-old Scott Mackenzie, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
She declined to appear at the Florida Lottery news conference announcing her winnings on Wednesday and refused to speak with reporters as she left lottery headquarters.
She opted to take the lump sum payment of $370million – which will result in winnings after taxes of about $278million.