TODAY   |  June 03, 2013

$590 million Powerball winner still a mystery

Two weeks have passed since a winning ticket for the massive Powerball jackpot of $590 million was sold in Zephyrhills, Fla., and the winner has yet to come forward, causing a stir in the small town. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren.

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>>> won that massive powerball jackpot?

>> the ticket was sold in a small florida town two weeks ago but the winner has yet to come forward. nbc's kristen dahlgren is on the case. kristen , good morning to you.

>> yes, clearly it's not any of us, i can tell you that.

>> we're still here.

>> first let me start by saying to the winner if you don't want the money for some reason, i'll gladly unburden you. seriously, most of us think we would go get that money right away. the fact that no one has come forward has the town in a tizzy. is someone being really careful or might they not even know they've won. zephyrhills, the type of town where everybody knows everybody's business.

>> called everybody i knew, was it you? was it you? and everybody called me.

>> reporter: which makes it all the more baffling that nobody here seems to know who's holding the $590 million ticket.

>> nobody's disappeared. you know? nobody's started any large construction projects in my neighborhood.

>> reporter: there are plenty of rumors, the most popular the mystery millionaire is a single mom said to work at the publix supermarket that sold the ticket or at walmart, or mcdonald's. everybody in town now trying to see who isn't showing up at work.

>> if it's any of them, they're keeping it awful close to the vest.

>> reporter: others have heard the ticket was put through the wash, bought by somebody just passing through.

>> could be a snowbird that was late leaving for the season.

>> reporter: or maybe some unlucky soul who didn't live to see their riches.

>> nobody seems to know.

>> reporter: of course winners don't usually come forward right away. there's legal and financial planning .

>> first thing i would tell them to do is to call family and friends, call some people that you trust, ask them do they have a financial adviser and i would start there.

>> reporter: the biggest unclaimed jackpot in u.s. history with a $31 million mega millions ticket sold in new york in 2006 . in florida, the winner has until mid-july to claim a lump sum, mid-november for annual payments and the florida lottery says until they do come forward it's all just speculation and a $590 million question. now under florida law the winner can't remain anonymous if they do come forward. by the way in 2011 about $800 million in the lottery winnings across the country went unclaimed so a lot of people that have a lot of extra money.

>> i think if you lost it or put it through the wash you don't even know you won because you didn't know you had the winning numbers.

>> no, unless they have that piece of paper with no numbers on it.

>> if you know you live in that town aren't you checking everything just to make sure i would think? kristen dahlgren, quite the mystery, appreciate it.