TODAY | December 18, 2014
>>> winning powerball ticket. kerry sanders is live in zephyrhills , florida , where it was sold. kerry, good morning.
>> reporter: it's a good morning for us. it's a spectacular morning for one person here in zephyrhills , florida , who went into this publix grocery store and bought the winning ticket, the one winning ticket. i don't know whether it's a blessing or a curse when you think how much money this is. of course, everybody thought it was $600 million. sorry, just a little bit less. $590.5 million. a stunning amount of money. zephyrhills is just north of tampa, just south of gainesville. because this is a grocery store , the betting is it's likely a local resident who purchased this one single winning ticket. however, just a short distance from here, there is the drop zone , and people come from all over the world to sky dive here, and they come from weeks on end. it could be somebody outside the area, picked up some groceries, saw the long line, and decided, hey, i'm going to jump in and get a ticket. we don't know who that winner is. the person has not come forward yet. if they're waking up right now, just tuning in to the "today" show, we've given you those numbers once. we'll give them to you yet one more time here. it is 10, 13, 14, 22, and 52. the powerball number 11 . guys, if you want to know what a losing ticket looks like in florida , there you go. that's $20 wasted on my part. i guess i contributed to whoever this winner is. one other thing. you know, about a third of this goes to the federal government in taxes. the winner in florida , very lucky, no state income tax here.
>> oh, wow. lucky indeed. although, is florida one of those states where in order to claim the money, you actually have to come forward and reveal your identity?
>> reporter: yes. they don't have to hold a press conference, but it is part of the public record. so this winner today, who is probably -- i guess as popular as a newborn puppy -- will have more friends than he or she ever realized they had -- will eventually have their identity revealed. so if they follow the playbook, they'll take a day or two to get their affairs in order before they reveal their identity.
>> hopefully, they're calling good counsel at this point. kerry, thanks very much.