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Lauderhill woman claims $80M Powerball winnings

A Lauderhill resident has come forward to claim $80 million in Powerball winnings

Orencia Barzey can probably splurge on groceries – for the rest of her life.

Barzey, 37, of Lauderhill, claimed the $80 million Powerball jackpot from Saturday's drawing after buying her winning ticket at a convenience store in Plantation.

She opted to take a one-time lump-sum payment of $49,566,294.

It was the largest single jackpot ticket sold in Broward County, with the previous high winner taking $47 million in May 2014.

"I was very shocked when I checked the lottery's website and the numbers on my ticket matched what was on the screen," Barzey told lottery officials. "I don't plan on changing much about my lifestyle, but I do plan on helping my family with my winnings."

The winning quick-pick ticket was purchased from Best Value Food Store, 1040 NW 47th Ave. in Plantation. The store owner, Shahriar S. Hasan, will receive a $40,000 cut, Florida Lottery officials said.

"I am happy because the neighborhood — they're working class people and they deserve the money," Hasan said. "They're hardworking people."

Hasan, 49, said he will share his cut of the winnings with his employees, giving each between $500 and $1,000. The rest of the money, he said, will go toward payments for the store, which he has owned for nearly 13 years.

Best Value, on the Lauderhill-Plantation border, sells about $10,500 in tickets per week, while the South Florida average is about $7,400 per week. Three rectangular signs now hang at the store with "WINNING TICKET SOLD HERE" written in red.

Since selling the winning ticket, the store has seen a slight increase in ticket sales with people traveling to the store from Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, Hasan said.

Of the people who purchase tickets from his store, Hasan said, 80 percent are frequent customers, though he would not know them just by name. Without seeing her, Hasan was not sure if Barzey is one of those familiar faces.

"I'm happy she finally claimed [the ticket]," Hasan said. "She will enjoy the money."

Even before Barzey came forward, regular customers were happy that the ticket for such a large prize was sold locally. "This area needs a winner like that," said one customer, Darius Williams.

No one answered the door at the Lauderhill address listed for Barzey, and neighbors were not familiar with the house's residents.

Nonetheless, they were happy to hear someone local scored big. "That's amazing!" said one neighbor, who identified herself only as Angie B. "That's so wonderful. That's good news."

Barzey's was the 10th winning Powerball ticket sold in Florida. The largest Florida Lottery win in South Florida was $81 million, based on three tickets claimed by a Pompano Beach man in 1999.

The largest Lotto payout in Palm Beach County was $53 million on a ticket sold in 2000 in Jupiter. The largest in Miami-Dade County: $56 million in 2001.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people millionaires.

Statewide ticket sales for last Saturday's Powerball drawing generated more than $5.7 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.

The next Powerball drawing on Saturday is worth an estimated $50 million.

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