The Powerball mystery has been solved with 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie finally stepping forward to claim her prize of $370 million. But the bigger mystery of how she was able to win the money has been solved as well.
The good samaritan that allowed Mackenzie to go ahead of her in line to get her Powerball Quick Pick — automated ticket with numbers chosen by lottery machine– was 34-year-old Mindy Crandell. She was in line to get tickets for her office pool and tending to her 10-year-old daughter when Mackenzie cut her in line. The cashier wasn’t having it though. She stopped Mackenzie and told Crandell that she was next and Crandell merely brushed it off and told Mackenzie to “go ahead.”
Ok, calm down! I know you’re mad for her, but she is still on the good samaritan tour…and for good reason. When the 10-year-old alerted her mother to Mackenzie’s maneuvers, she said she was convinced she was teaching her daughter the right thing about kindness by letting her go ahead because her daughter said, “It’s better to be patient than rich.” To which she replied:
” ‘Yeah that’s right!’ And I knew right then that we were teaching our daughter the right thing.”
Hey, hey, hey! Stop with the foul language. The lady is happy for her! I know some of you think that she’s exposing her story and the moral learned for her daughter so she can get a cut, but she’s genuinely happy for Mackenzie. But in another interview, Crandell’s co-workers, who she was supposed to purchase the tickets for, is hoping that Mackenzie has a moment of kindness and spread the wealth the way that Crandell did for her.
Try convincing Mackenzie’s four kids of that! Check out the report.
Interview with Mindy Crandell: