United States hospital worker claims $759 million jackpot

Their prizes might not be much compared to the $759 million won by a MA woman, but some Mainers are among people who won lesser - but still significant - amounts of money in this week's multistate Powerball drawing.

"The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax", Mavis L Wanczyk told reporters at a news conference.

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

According to lottery officials, Wanczyk won $758.7 million, but she got only $480 million ($336 million after taxes) as she opted to take a lump sum amount.

Mavis Wanczyk had been working for 32 years at a hospital before the mind-blowing win. "It's just a pipe dream that I've always had".

The winning ticket was sold at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, in Western Massachusetts. "We're not going to tolerate her being harassed or bothered", he 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 said. Kaur did an interview with GMA around 7am and said she was happy they are the winning store.

A mad rush for tickets pushed on Wednesday's jackpot up from an originally announced $650 million as lines formed out of shopping malls and grocery stores, Powerball said.


"The phone started ringing at 8 o'clock" Bolduc said.

One ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven store at 81 Beach Road in Hampton.

"In the last 12 months, we've sold two $4 million tickets and four $1 million tickets", he said.

Despite incredibly long odds, people throughout the country will hold their breath Wednesday night as five white balls and one red ball are drawn from drums.

Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of which collectively oversee the game.

It snapped a string of 20 consecutive draws without a Powerball jackpot victor.

The jackpot victor has the option to claim their prize in 29 yearly installments, or one lump sum that would amount to around $443.3 million, minus federal and state taxes.

  • Tracy Klein