American woman quits her job straight after winning $1 billion Powerball prize

1 winning ticket sold for $758.7M Powerball jackpot
Powerballs-up! Disappointment for small shop owners in Massachusetts who thought they were pocketing $50k for

27 August, 2017

A lucky customer from MA has won the second-largest Powerball drawing in history, raking in a whopping $758.7 million during Wednesday night's jackpot, according to the Powerball website.

"I've called them and told them I will not be coming back", Mavis Wanczyk said.

Wanczyk worked for 32 years in a clerical job in the nursing department at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, the hospital said.

"I said: 'I know it's never going to be me; it's just a pipe dream, " Wanczyk said, adding that she was shocked to find "I am a victor". She bought three tickets with numbers she chose along with two computer-generated tickets.

Lottery officials on Thursday identified the 53-year-old woman, who lives in Chicopee, Massachusetts, as the victor of more than $US750 million (NZ$1.04 billion) in a Powerball drawing.

"We're happy for our customer and we're happy for the charities that we are going to give our commission to", Bolduc said.

"We apologize for the confusion this created and remain thrilled that a jackpot winning ticket and two $1 million winning tickets were sold here in MA". "He says, 'Sign that ticket now, '" she told reporters Thursday.

Mike Donatelli, a spokesman for the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, said the store was notified shortly before 8 a.m. that it had actually sold the record jackpot ticket.

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The state lottery had originally said the winning ticket was sold in Watertown, a suburb of Boston, but corrected its announcement hours later.

Michael Sweeney, the lottery's executive director explains they had a "couple of excited people at 1 o'clock in the morning" but said if there's any blame to be placed, the buck stops with him.

With drawings being held twice a week, Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, all of which collectively oversee the game.

By Massacusetts law, Lord would be entitled to half the winnings if he had married Wanczyk-a hefty sum of $168 million.

Kurland said, "She's now one of the world's wealthiest people and she has to start acting like it".

Wednesday's winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, drawn from five white balls, and 4 as the so-called Powerball number on a red ball in the multi-state lottery.

The reason the prize is so large is because there hasn't been a Powerball jackpot victor since June 10.

The jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing reached $758.7 million.

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