Wednesday night the second largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history was drawn, and one Powerball ticket in Massachusetts was lucky enough to have the correct numbers on it. That is right, a single ticket won the largest single lottery jackpot ever (the largest jackpot was split three ways in January 2016) and the lottery officials in Massachusetts made a mistake that could have been bad. While the $758.7 million dream was dashed for players outside on Massachusetts, Mavis Wanczyk is celebrating a windfall the rest of the U.S. can only dream of.
The 53-year-old Wanczyk holds the winning ticket that she bought at a Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and she is lucky she checked her numbers instead of listening to the news. Originally, the Massachusetts State Lottery Officials reported that the single winning ticket of the record-setting jackpot was bout at a Handy Variety convenience store in Watertown had sold the winning ticket, but later they corrected it. Wanczyk could have easily tossed her ticket aside to check later to see if she won a smaller prize, or have been so disappointed that she could have thrown away the winning ticket, but she did not, and now she is America’s newest multimillionaire.
Wanczyk stated that a co-worker had looked at her ticket and told her she had won soon just after she left the Mercy Medical Center where she worked, according to CNN. The co-worker followed her home because she was almost in a state of shock over the news.
The newest multimillionaire has two adult children and stated that she is retiring early, in fact, she already called her boss and said she was not coming back to work. As a celebration, she indicated that she was going to hide in her bed.
This is the fourth time a winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot has been sold in Massachusetts. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 were the previous winning tickets in the state.
According to officials at Powerball, six tickets won $2 million each and there were 34 $1 million winners. Last nights winning Powerball numbers were: 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, with a Powerball of 4.
The Powerball letter is played in 44 of the 50 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. With the win, the Powerball will reset to the base jackpot of $40 million and the next drawing is scheduled for Saturday night.
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By Cletus Dillwood