Powerball winners in massachusetts
BRAINTREE, MA – Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, MA is the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot after the numbers on her lucky ticket matched the first five winning numbers plus the Powerball (06-07-16-23-26, PB 04) selected in Wednesday night’s drawing. It is the largest jackpot prize won on a single ticket in U.S. lottery history.
Wanczyk, who was joined by her mother and two sisters at the Lottery’s Braintree headquarters to claim her prize, chose the cash option on her prize and will receive a lump sum payment of $480,500,936. After taxes, her check will amount to $336,350,655.
Wanczyk purchased a total of five tickets, three with numbers that she selected and two Quic Pics, at the Pride Station & Store location at 27 Montgomery St. in Chicopee. Her winning combination was one of the sets of numbers that she selected herself using family birthdates and her lucky number 4. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale of the jackpot winning ticket.
Wanczyk, age 53, who has worked at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield for the past 32 years, indicated that she has already informed her employer that she will not be returning.
Wanczyk is the fourth Powerball jackpot winner in Massachusetts since the Mass. Lottery began offering the game in 2010. The previous jackpots were won in 2011 ($25.6 million), 2012 ($50 million) and 2013 (half of a $122.9 million jackpot).
Previously, the largest jackpot prize ever won on a ticket sold by the Mass. Lottery was a $294 million Mega Millions jackpot prize in 2004.
Tickets sold at Sandy’s Variety in Dorchester and at Handy Variety in Watertown each won a $1 million prize in Wednesday’s drawing by correctly matching the first five winning numbers. These retailers will receive a $10,000 bonus.BRAINTREE, MA – Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, MA is the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot after the numbers on her lucky ticket matched the first five winning numbers plus the Powerball (06-07-16-23-26, PB 04) selected in Wednesday night’s drawing. It is the largest jackpot prize won on a single ticket in U.S. lottery history.
Massachusetts Powerball winner: Mavis L. Wanczyk claims $758M jackpot
Updated on: August 24, 2017 / 7:07 PM / CBS News
The woman who purchased the sole winning Powerball ticket has been identified as 53-year-old Mavis L. Wanczyk from Chicopee, Massachusetts, who came forward Thursday to claim her winnings.
Wanczyk purchased the winning Powerball ticket at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She becomes the winner of the largest single-ticket Powerball jackpot in history.
Wanczyk, a mother of a daughter and son, says she chose the winning numbers based on her family’s birthdays. She says she does not plan to return to her job at a local hospital. She appeared at a press conference with officials from the Massachusetts State Lottery on Thursday afternoon.
During the press conference, Wanczyk told reporters she found out she had won the jackpot as she was leaving work Wednesday night with a colleague.
Mavis L. Wanczyk claims her $758 million Powerball prize in Massachusetts, Aug. 24, 2017. CBS News
“He’s reading these numbers, and I pull mine out, and I go, ‘Hey, I have that number. And I have that — I have that!'” she told reporters. “And he goes, ‘Let me see that ticket. You just won!'”
The numbers she chose were based off the birthdays of family members and an assortment of random selections, Wanczyk said.
“My numbers were kind of basically random, like maybe with our birthdays, one from here, one from there,” she said. “There’s a thing between me and my mom and my stepfather and I have a friend, we all go out to dinner on a Friday night and we play Keno, and our number is four. I just happened to choose, and it worked to my advantage.”
Lottery officials said Wanczyk chose to take a lump-sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes, the Associated Press reported, rather than a larger amount spread out over many annual payments.
Wanczyk said the first thing she’ll do is take some time off.
“I just want to sit back and relax,” Wanczyk said. “I had a pipe dream, and my pipe dream has finally come true. I wanted to retire and it came early.”
CBS Boston reports the store will get $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. This is the fourth time a Powerball jackpot winning ticket has been sold in Massachusetts. The others were sold in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Ahead of the press conference, Michael Sweeney, executive director of the Massachusetts lottery, called Wanczyk “a prototypical Massachusetts resident.”
“My perception of her is someone who’s a hard-working individual. Clearly she’s excited,” Sweeney said.
The winning numbers selected late Wednesday night were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and Powerball number 4.
The $758 million prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years.
The odds of winning Wednesday night’s drawing were 1 in 292.2 million.
First published on August 24, 2017 / 1:23 PM
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