CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –The winner of the $758 million Powerball jackpot came forward during a news conference at Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters Thursday.
Fifty-three year-old Mavis L. Wanczyk is taking home the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket in North American Lottery history. She bought the winning ticket at the Pride Station & Store on Montgomery Street in Chicopee.
Wanczyk said during the news conference she was an employee at Mercy Medical Center for more than 30 years. She said she found out she won while leaving work Wednesday night with a longtime colleague, who is a Chicopee firefighter. Wanczyk told her employer she will not be returning to work.
Wanczyk said she is a regular lottery player and chose her own winning numbers based off family birthdays and lucky numbers within the family. Massachusetts State Lottery spokesman Christian Teja said Wanczyk bought a total of five Powerball tickets, three with numbers she chose, and two quic pics.
Wanczyk has a 26-year-old son and a 31-year-old daughter.
Massachusetts State Lottery had initially reported that the winning ticket was sold in Watertown, but says that was a mistake.
“When manually recording the names of the retailers that sold the jackpot winning ticket and the $1 million winning tickets, the information was transcribed incorrectly,” Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery 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 Massachusetts.”
Bob Bolduc, founder of Pride Station & Stores, said during a news conference that the winning ticket was sold around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Bolduc said the cash bonus the store will receive for selling the winning ticket will be donated to local charities around western Massachusetts.
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There are lucky winners in eastern Massachusetts as well. One player won $1 million on a Powerball ticket they bought at the Handy Variety, 95 Common St. in Watertown, and other $1 million winner bought their ticket at Sandy’s Variety, located at 378 Washington St. in Dorchester.
A total of 34 people won a one million dollar prize in Wednesday’s drawing.
The last time someone won the Powerball jackpot in Massachusetts was in 2013.
Massachusetts made out well this time around. In addition to the 25% federal tax that the winner will have to pay, the state will collect 5% of the jackpot.
The excitement surrounding the Powerball itself has also been good for revenues, as the state gets to keep $0.80 for each $2 ticket sold. Most of the money will go into operating expenses for the Lottery, but 20% of that will go the 351 cities and towns of the state as local aid.