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05/30/2013 04:03 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2013

Powerball Jackpot Unclaimed: $590 Million Winner In Florida Has Yet To Emerge

Believe it or not, the massive $590 million Powerball jackpot from the lottery's May 18 drawing had yet to be claimed as of Wednesday, WTSP reported.

Is the winner getting his or her affairs in order, or waiting for the hype surrounding the historic jackpot -- the game's largest -- to subside? Or maybe the lucky ticket holder hasn't yet realized that they're now rich beyond their wildest dreams.

"[We] would encourage people who may have bought a ticket at that location in Zephyrhills [a Publix supermarket] to check their tickets once again, see if they have the winning numbers and if they do, call us. We're waiting for your phone call," Florida Lottery spokesman David Bishop told WTSP.

After it was announced which location sold the winning ticket, some residents in Zephyrhills, a town of 13,000 residents, speculated about who the winner might be, USA Today reported last week. Rumors circulated that the winner was a supermarket employee who did not show up to work the day after the drawing.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. According to the Associated Press, the winner has 60 days to claim his or her prize if they want to get it as a lump sum. Under Florida law, the winner cannot remain anonymous.

Florida has experienced a bit of a hot streak in terms of Powerball winners. One winning ticket in a three-way split of the $50 million May 25 Powerball jackpot was sold in Tampa. The other tickets that share the prize were sold in Delaware and New Orleans.

Clarification: A previous version of this article stated that the winner only has 60 days to claim the jackpot. The winner actually has up to 180 days after the drawing to claim their prize, but may only accept payment as an annuity after 60 days.

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