90-Year-Old Woman Who Won The $278 Million Powerball Jackpot Is Suing Her Own Son For Poorly Managing It


I’ve sat here and written story after story about mouth breathing parasites winning lottery after lottery. A piece of me dies inside every time I hit ‘Publish.’

Today I am happy. For some reason, I am not ashamed to admit that I find joy in a family being torn apart by their own greed and stupidity. I never claimed to be a good man.

A 90-year-old Florida (duh) woman who became the largest sole lottery winner in US history six years ago is suing her own blood son and his financial adviser for poorly managing a quarter of a billion dollars.

In 2013, Gloria C. Mackenzie, who had previously been living in a Florida trailer park and living off social security, took home a $278 million lump sum after taxes on a $590 million Powerball ticket she bought at a Zephyrhills Publix supermarket. Five years later, she is suing her son and caretaker, Scott Mackenzie, and his investment manager for allegedly living off her winnings and poorly investing the proceeds, per a 40-page lawsuit.

The suit claims that Scott had “total control” over millions of dollars in winnings and because he acted in self-interest, missed out on excess of $10 million due to negligence, conspiracy to misrepresent and breach of fiduciary duty.

The old bat’s attorney, Gregory Anderson, claims that his client’s son hired a Jacksonville investment adviser who was not qualified to manage the account, as the investments “just sat there earning nothing” while the adviser charged exorbitant fees.

“You don’t have to know anything more than a branch manager at a bank to come back with some significant returns,” he said. “At the same time, he [the investment manager] was charging my lady, age 90 and in ill health, $2 million in fees.”

According to Jacksonville.com, Gloria bought a 6,300-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Glen Kernan Country Club, currently worth $1.13 million.

Scott MacKenzie is “deeply disappointed” by his relatives’ decision to file the lawsuit, but also claims that he had given his mother half of the $10 she used to buy the ticket and therefore is entitled to half the winnings.

Florida gon’ Florida.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.