$758 Million Powerball Winner Revealed as Mavis Wanczyk


“The first thing I want to do is I just want to sit back and relax,” says Powerball jackpot winner Mavis Wanczyk

USA Today Reports: Here are the winning numbers drawn Wednesday:

6-7-16-23-26 with a Powerball of 4

The prize was the second-largest Powerball payout in history, behind a $1.58 billion payout in 2016 shared by three winners. Mavis Wanczyk is the sole winner so she is the largest single winner in history.

The winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot, the largest grand prize ever won on a single U.S. lottery ticket, came forward Thursday to claim her prize.

“My pipe dream came true,” Mavis Wanczyk, of Chicopee, Mass., said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Wanczyk, who said the numbers were a random selection of birthdays and other digits, works at Mercy Medical Center.

“I called them and told them I will not be coming back,” she said. The ticket was purchased Wednesday at a store in western Massachusetts, the Massachusetts State Lottery said.

The drawing Wednesday night snapped a string of 20 in a row without a Powerball jackpot winner.

“I think she has a good story,” Sweeney said. “My perception of her is someone who’s a hard-working individual. Clearly she’s excited.”

According to a story last year on Business Insider, there are a total of 292,201,338 possible Powerball combinations, making the odds of winning 1 in 292,201,338.00. So, at $2 a ticket, it would cost someone $584,402,676 to buy every possible combination.

 Of course, if you could lose a lot of money if you had to split the jackpot with, say, four others who tried the same method. And there are taxes to worry about, too.

The overall odds of winning any prize from one $2 ticket are 1 in 24.87.





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