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Miami Man Claims $2M Powerball Prize

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – It wasn’t the big winner but a Miami man has claimed a $2 million Powerball prize from the record $588 million drawing.

The Florida Lottery announced Monday that Javier Diaz, 49, of Miami claimed the $2 million Powerball prize from the November 28 drawing.

Diaz purchased his winning ticket from Winn-Dixie, 3805 NE 163rd Street in North Miami Beach. The retailer received a $5,000 bonus commission for selling the $2 million Powerball with Power Play ticket.

Diaz is the 2nd Florida player to claim a $2 million prize from Wednesday’s historic $588 million jackpot drawing.

The record jackpot drawing created six new Florida millionaires and 765,798 lower tier winners statewide as well as generating approximately $58 million in transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.

Florida has the strongest Powerball with Power Play sales of any U.S. lottery and since Powerball launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation, winning more than $647 million in prizes, including four jackpot winners.

A Missouri couple has claimed half of the big prize. The other winning ticket was sold in Fountain Hills, Ariz., near Phoenix. No one has stepped forward with it yet.

The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is $50 million.

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