$758.7 Million Powerball Jackpot Winner is 53-Year-Old Hospital Worker

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Looks like somebody hit the jackpot!

Earlier Aug. 24, The Massachusetts State Lottery announced that 53-year-old hospital worker, Mavis L. Wanczyk, is the winner of Wednesday's $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. This is the largest sum of money in U.S history for a single winning ticket. 

"It's just a pipe dream I've always had," Wanczyk told reporters during a press conference Thursday. "It's just a chance I had to take."

According to NBC news, Wanczyk bought the Powerball ticket at the Pride Station and Store near the hospital where she works in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The winning numbers, which she chose based on lucky numbers and her two children's birthdays, were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and 4.

"My numbers were kind of basically random, like maybe with our birthdays, one from here, one from there," she said. "There's a thing between me and my mom and my stepfather and I have a friend, we all go out to dinner on a Friday night and we play Keno, and our number is four. I just happened to choose, and it worked to my advantage."  

According to Wanczyk, who learned she won the jackpot as she was leaving work, the mom of two bought two automated quick-pick tickets and a third ticket where she chose the numbers herself; that one ended up being the winning ticket. 

"He's reading these numbers, and I pull mine out, and I go, 'Hey, I have that number. And I have that -- I have that!'" she said. "And he [my colleague] goes, 'Let me see that ticket. You just won!'"

Wanczyk has no plans for what she'll do with the largest lotto haul in North American history, but she did say she will not be going back to work. 



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