It took less than a full day for the $758.7 million Powerball winner to step forward and claim her prize.
And on a day full of winners from Powerball, five Kentuckians also won $50,000 prizes.
Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old medical center worker from Massachusetts, was the big winner from what was the second-largest jackpot in North American lottery history, Associated Press reported. By being the sole person to guess the winning numbers of 6-7-16-23-26 and the Powerball number 4, she won the largest grand prize by a single lottery ticket.
It didn’t take long for Wanczyk to quit her job, as she has opted to take the lump sum of $480 million according to lottery officials, AP reported.
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The odds of winning the jackpot were 292,201,338 to 1 for each $2 ticket.
The owner of the store where Wanczyk purchased her ticket, Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Massachutsetts, has said he plans on donating the $50,000 commission to local charities, according to AP.
Forty ticket holders won the $1 million prize by getting five numbers correct without the Powerball.
A total of $135 million in prize money will go to 9.4 million ticket buyers who didn’t win the jackpot, including five from Kentucky who matched four of five white balls plus the Powerball for a $50,000 prize.
One of those $50,000 winners came at the Mini Mart on Saron Drive in Lexington, while others in the state were purchased in Simpsonville, Louisville, Mt. Sterling and Winchester.