Massachusetts woman is lone winner of $758M Powerball jackpot


BRAINTREE, Mass. (WPRI) – After several months without a grand prize winner, Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts is the winner of the staggering $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.

Wanczyk came forward during a 1 p.m. news conference at lottery headquarters in Braintree.

After some initial confusion Thursday morning, lottery officials revealed the lucky ticket was sold at the Pride Station & Store location at 27 Montgomery St. in Chicopee, Massachusetts

Only one winning ticket was sold, making it the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket. Last year’s record-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot was split between three winning tickets.

The winning number were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball was 4

Bob Bolduc, who owns the Pride store chain, said the company will be donating it’s $50,000 commission to local western Massachusetts charities.

Bolduc said lottery officials told him the winning ticket was sold Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. to a “middle-aged” woman.

This is only the fourth time a ticket matching all numbers and the Powerball has been sold in Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, the other winning tickets were sold in 2013, 2012, and 2011.

Two tickets worth $1 million each were also sold in Massachusetts, at Sandy’s Variety, 378 Washington Street in Dorchester, and at Handy Variety at 95 Common Street in Watertown. The $1 million prize tier is for ticket holders who match all five regular numbers but not the Powerball.

Officials originally said the jackpot ticket was sold at the Watertown location, but later sent out a correction.

No $1 million tickets were sold in Rhode Island, but there were three $50,000 winners.

One $2 million ticket and one $1 million ticket were sold in Connecticut.

The $758.7 million prize can be claimed one of two ways. If the winner chooses the full amount, he or she will receive payments over the course of 29 years, receiving the full amount minus taxes. Most winners choose the cash option instead, taking a lesser amount in a lump sum. In this case, that would mean a check for $443.3 million.

CORRECTION: Massachusetts State Lottery has announced the winning ticket was sold at the Pride Station & Store location at 27 Montgomery St. in Chicopee, Massachusetts. A previous version of this story stated it was sold at the Handy Variety convenience store in Watertown, Massachusetts.


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