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Woman Who Let Powerball Winner Cut in Line ‘Has No Regrets’


When Gloria MacKenzie claimed her $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, she released a statement mentioning that another woman allowed her to cut in line to purchase her winning ticket. That woman, Mindy Crandell, says she is not upset that her charitable gesture could have cost her an enormous fortune and says “things are meant to be for a reason.”

Crandell, like MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla., was in line to purchase lottery tickets while tending to one of her two daughters when the 84 year old Mackenzie stepped in front of her.

The store’s checker stopped Mackenzie to allow Crandell to reclaim her spot in line, but she declined and told Mackenzie “go ahead. ” It was a kindness  that could have potentially cost the Crandells the $590 million Powerball ticket.

When Mackenzie claimed the money on Wednesday, Crandell’s 10-year-old daughter, Mallory, immediately recognized her from the store.

Crandell has no hard feelings toward Mackenzie and hopes the money “blesses her family.” The one thing Crandell did gain from the incident was a lesson she hopes her daughters learned.

“It could have been us, but things happen. Sometimes it’s better to be patient. I knew we were teaching our daughter the right thing,” Crandell said.

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