Tue, 25 Jan | News
Florida’s Youngest-Ever Winner Takes Home $235.4 million
Florida’s youngest ever Powerball winner has stepped forward to claim the $235.4 million prize he won last month.
The 23-year-old Thomas Yi from Land O' Lakes, Pasco County matched all six winning numbers. The white balls were 6, 14, 38, 39 and 65, the red Powerball was 6.
"Even after matching all six numbers, I was in disbelief and took my ticket to a retailer to have it checked," he said. "The clerk at the counter instantly became excited and kept repeating that I had won the $235 million Powerball jackpot. I knew then that this would be life-changing."
He went to the Florida Lottery HQ in Tallahassee straight away to claim his prize, deciding to take the lump sum and receiving a one-off payment of $160,038,447.
Despite having enough money to never need to work in his life, Yi nonetheless plans to study either business or medicine.
The lucky ticket was bought from the Publix at 16560 North Nebraska Avenue in Lutz. The retailer is set to receive a $95,000 commission for selling the ticket.
It is reported that Yi lives with his parents but it seems very likely that he’ll soon be buying his own home. Neighbour Monica Williams said,
Reportedly Yi lives with his parents but it seems probable that he will soon be buying his own place. In the meantime, Tampa Bay neighbour Monica Williams said, "I hope he invests well; don't run through the money."
Florida is among the highest-selling Powerball jurisdictions and over the years has seen many amazing wins.
Two huge Powerball wins took place in the state during 2020. William Kruger scooped an enormous $168.5 million prize in August. Earlier in the year, in January, an even more astonishing prize was won, a monumental $396.9 million jackpot by Sheryll Goedert.