Convenience store in MA sells winning powerball ticket
00:34, Aug 25, 2017
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Then she read the number on her ticket and realized she had won.
"I was there just to buy it for luck", she explained, chewing gum and grinning.
We don't have much info about the victor of the $758 million prize, but if he or she chooses the lump sum option, there will be $443 million ready to take home. About $120m of the tax revenue will go to the federal government and $20m will go to MA.
Collectively, Powerball players in Minnesota won $2.85 million, according to officials at state lottery headquarters in Roseville.
A 53-year-old MA hospital worker stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in USA history - $758.7 million - after breaking the news to her employer the way the rest of us only dream of: "I called and told them I will not be coming back".
Fifty-three-year-old Mavis L. Wanczyk, of Chicopee, worked at the Massachusetts Mercy Medical Center for 32 years. "I couldn't do anything", she told reporters. The firefighter followed her home, she said, to make sure she got there safely.
The 53-year-old Wanczyk revealed during the press conference that she has two adult children.
The head of the MA lottery says the victor of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize.
Mass. Lottery Executive Director Matthew Sweeney said that a transcription error led to the mix-up. All he would say about the victor is that it is an individual woman. She bought her ticket at the Pride Station & Store on Montgomery Street in Chicopee, in western MA.
Bolduc told reporters that the convenience store will receive a bonus for selling the winning ticket and plans to donate it to local charities throughout western MA.
Pride founder Bob Bolduc told reporters on Thursday that he meant to donate the store's portion of the winnings.
Wanczyk bought the Powerball ticket at the Pride Station and Store near where she works in Chicopee, located some 90 miles west of Boston.
Wednesday night's jackpot trails only a $1.6 billion prize that was divided among winners in three states in January 2016. He says they transcribed it incorrectly. Between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, they reported 64,000 tickets were sold per hour.
The lucky numbers from the drawing were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number was 4.
Wanczyk revealed in a press conference that she was the victor of the jackpot. The store is part of a chain that operates in western MA and northern CT.
August 11, 2017: A single winning ticket was sold in Palos Heights, Illinois.
Thirty-four others across the United States won $1 million.
Powerball is an American lottery game. However, they issued a correction Thursday morning.
"He said, 'sign that ticket now, '" Wanczyk said.
Sweeney says the lottery had not yet heard from the victor.
The store owner automatically gets $50,000 in prize money as well, and has committed that to charity.
He said the store in Watertown did sell a ticket that won a $1 million prize.
One powerball ticket among the millions sold across the country has made someone in MA a very rich person.
Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
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