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Zephyrhills Powerball winner makes first donation to hometown high school

The Zephyrhills woman who won a $590.5 million Powerball lottery prize in June made the first of two promised payments to renovate her Maine hometown's high school this week.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Gloria MacKenzie made a $1 million payment on her promised $1.8 million gift to Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, on Monday.

MacKenzie, 84, bought her Powerball ticket at a Publix near her home and walked away with the single largest lottery prize in American history. Her lump sum payment totaled $370 million before taxes.

She split the money with her son and used some of her portion to buy a million-dollar golf course home in Jacksonville. According to the Daily News, she sent word to the school in July that she intended to give them the gift.

The school's governing board voted to accept the donation Monday, the Daily News reported, and expects the remaining $800,000 portion of the donation in January.

School officials said they plan to use the money to renovate a leaky roof and update the school's disability access. The building houses about 133 students, with another 133 in an elementary school wing.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Zephyrhills Powerball winner makes first donation to hometown high school 11/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 29, 2013 9:08pm]
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