Watertown Store Owners On Powerball Blunder: 'Better Than Nothing'

by Garry Watts August 25, 2017, 0:33
Watertown Store Owners On Powerball Blunder: 'Better Than Nothing'

She said that she hoped to retire in 12 years, but now that her "pipe dream" has come true, she doesn't plan on going back at all.

It worked: previous year, the jackpot hit a historic $1.6 billion, which was split three ways in January 2016.

MA lottery officials confirmed the lucky victor is Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old hospital worker.

Wanczyk said at a press conference that she picked numbers based of off her family members' birthdays. Asked whether she had been well off financially, Wanczyk said she could not say she was the richest or poorest person she knew, but rather that she was middle class. "They just kept on calling me", Singh said.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Five white balls are drawn from a drum containing 69 balls and one red ball is selected from a drum with 26 balls. That ticket was sold in MA and is the second-largest lottery jackpot ever won in the United States.

She said she already quit her job and now she just wants to sit back and relax.

She now has the choice of taking the jackpot as an annuity spread over 30 years or a one-off cash lump sum of US$480.5 million, depending on state taxes.

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Store owner Bolduc said that he plans to donate the $50,000 commission he'll collect for selling a jackpot victor, to local charities with a primary focus on education and children. The winning numbers in the August 23 drawing were: 6-7-16-23-26 Powerball 4 Power Play 4.

While she could have remained anonymous, she said she came forward so quickly because she wanted to "get it over", hoping that everybody would leave her alone.

In a statement early Thursday, McIntyre also says six other tickets won $2 million apiece, and 34 more are worth $1 million.

The odds of winning Wednesday night's drawing were 1 in 292.2 million. The jackpot is the second largest in US history.

That means you are actually more likely to be killed by an asteroid (1 in 700,000), be struck by lightning while drowning (1 in 183 million) or give birth to quadruplets (1 in 729,000).

The head of the MA lottery told The Associated Press that the victor of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize.

MA was home to two other winning tickets worth $1 million - one was sold at Handy Variety in Watertown and the other at Sandy's Variety in Dorchester.


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