84-year-old grandmother Gloria Mackenzie of Florida has stepped forward as the big winner of last month's gigantic Powerball pot, claiming the record $590 million prize.
But there's a near-miss story behind the story of Gloria's windfall: quite literally. A young woman in front of her in the line to purchase lottery tickets at Publix may have let the older lady go first, potentially sacrificing her own victory.
Alleged almost-winner Mindy Crandell shrugged to a news crew, "Luck of the draw," but Kathie Lee had another suggestion.
"I want the sweet little Gloria lady who won it all to discover who that sweet girl is right there in her neighborhood, and I want her to share the wealth," she said.
"Great idea," agreed Hoda.
KLG said that rather than paying it forward, she should "pay it backwards" to the nice lady who stepped behind her in line. It would be a nice little gesture, and she certainly has cash to spare.
"Okay, Grandma? That'd be awesome," urged Kathie Lee.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY contributor who only gambles of daring outfits.