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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:54 am | Updated: 5:31 pm, Fri Jun 14, 2013.

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — A mystery woman who many say looked like the Florida woman who recently won the Powerball jackpot picked up the tab for 180 diners at a Plant City restaurant.

It happened around 4 p.m. Sunday at BuddyFreddy's.

Restaurant manager Stephanie Reaves told the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/11yyp7o) the woman looked like Gloria C. MacKenzie. She was with another woman and a younger man. They ate, then left. She returned and paid $2,600 to cover the meals for the rest of the diners. She even left $50 each for each of the five servers.

Reaves says everyone got up and applauded.

The donor denied she was the lottery winner but Reaves says she "fit the description."

MacKenzie stepped forward last week to claim the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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  • fpache posted at 2:09 pm on Thu, Jun 13, 2013.

    fpache Posts: 1

    Perhaps she was expecting the rest of the diners to provide their own tips to their servers considering she just paid their tabs, it would be the least they could do afterall, right? I'm guessing the $50 for each server was her personal tip to each of them.

  • Chuck Ellis posted at 9:16 am on Thu, Jun 13, 2013.

    Chuck Ellis Posts: 2

    Nice idea, but...

    $2,600 divided among five servers is $520.

    $50 tip for $520 is a 9.6% tip.

    So that's actually 0.4% less than the typical tip from a rich, white Florida senior.