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Florida's winning Powerball streak

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We've got a winning streak going on in Florida. For the past two Saturdays, someone in Florida has won the winning Powerball jackpot.

The latest was at the Carrollwood Market on West Village Drive in Tampa. The winner will split the $50 million prize with a winner in Delaware and Louisiana.

"That's cool. I'm excited for them, " said Carrie Bergamo. She's a regular at the store and buys her Powerball tickets here.

Nidia Tannous is one of the owners of the store.

"We're very happy for whoever won it. We're really happy that it's a customer of our store. Just very happy. We hope it gets claimed soon...people look into your tickets," she told us, just after the Lottery office in Tallahassee announced the winner was from Tampa.

Florida has sold more winning tickets than any other state since it joined the Powerball in 2009. But is it really the luck of the draw? Or just basic math?

Well, the numbers show, Florida has more people playing and those people play more often.

Even so, players are thrilled Florida is on a roll.

"I think it's about time. We've not really had that. Powerball winners were usually up north, or out west. So I think it's pretty cool," said George Rosello. He says he has the same numbers he plays, but admits he sometimes forgets to play.

"I've got my set numbers. I've got my cards I keep. Half the time I forget to run down there, forget what day it is and I don't get to play," he said.

But now he's rethinking his "looseness" of playing the Lottery, "Hopefully I'll remember a little more often now."

We of course are still waiting to see who claims the $590 million dollar ticket sold in Zephyrhills on May 18th. And from that same drawing, Steven Vaughn of Seminole won $1 million after matching all numbers except the Powerball.

The Lottery Office in Tallahassee is hoping to make it three in a row.

The Carrollwood Market has been lucky in the past. They sold a $5 scratch-off ticket worth $200,000.

Julia Tucker plays lottery, but never bought at ticket at the store just a few doors down from her office. Now she says that'll change.

"That's very exciting. I'll definitely start playing there," she said.

The winner has not come forward yet for the $50 million prize.

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