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Updated: May 20, 2013

So far the winner hasn't come forward to claim the highest Powerball jackpot in history.

The lucky ticket was bought at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., a city of about 13,000 people about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa.

The winner will have up to two months to claim the estimated $590.5 million jackpot.

Under Florida law, lottery winners in the state cannot remain anonymous; their names and city of residence must be made publicly available to anyone who asks, according to the state's lottery website. No one had come forward as of Monday morning.

Lottery spokesman David Bishop says that winners of big jackpots usually don't rush to claim their prize. They typically contact an attorney or accountant to get their affairs in order.

Updated: May 19, 2013

Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a winning Powerball ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million.

On Sunday, Zephyrhills residents wondered who the winner of Powerball's highest jackpot in history might be. The ticket-holder hadn't come forward yet. The store and parking lot were abuzz with activity and TV live trucks. A Publix spokeswoman said there are rumors about who won, but the store doesn't know.

Zephyrhills is a small city in Pasco County, about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa. Once a farming town, it's now known for skydiving and retiree mobile home parks. It's also home to Zephyrhills bottled water.

A lottery official said the ticket-holder would be Florida's sixth Powerball winner. Powerball.com said the winner sold in Florida means the current estimated jackpot resets at $40 million or $25.1 million cash value.

Updated: May 18th, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

Here are the winning lottery numbers for Saturday, May 18th.

The numbers are 22, 10, 13, 14, 52 and the Powerball number is 11.

The jackpot for Saturday, May 18th is $600 million.

Posted: May 18, 2013 at 12:43 a.m.

It's been a little more than a year since the world record for a lottery prize. On Saturday night, it could conceivably fall once again.

The jackpot for Saturday night's Powerball drawing currently stands at $600 million. That's just $56 million less than the record from the March 2012 Mega Millions jackpot, which was split by three winning tickets.

Should nobody pick the correct five white balls and one red ball, the jackpot will roll over to Wednesday. Then, the jackpot will almost certainly hit record levels.

But even if it doesn't roll over and somebody wins Saturday, the prize could conceivably reach $656 million or higher because of a flurry of last-minute sales.

One reason for the recent surge: California last month joined 42 other states that play Powerball.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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