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Powerball: Single ticket scoops $758.7 million USA jackpot

Powerball: Single ticket scoops $758.7 million USA jackpot”

Mavis Wanczyk, 53, was a hospital worker in MA.

Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg said she offered advice to the family about being careful with their newfound wealth.

Then she read the numbers on her ticket and realized she had won.

Winning the powerball can cause you to go from a regular person to one of the most sought after people in the area. "I couldn't drive anywhere; I couldn't do anything, so he followed me actually to make sure I was safely home".

Winners who take a gradual payout will get more money spread out over dozens of years.

Wanczyk worked at a hospital for 32 years but quit when she won.

Michael Sweeney, the lottery's executive director, tells WBZ-AM they had a "couple of excited people at 1 o'clock in the morning" but said if there's any blame to be placed, the buck stops with him.

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

She bought her ticket at a gas station not far from her modest two-bedroom apartment.

The Powerball jackpot is the largest grand prize won by a single lottery ticket in US history.

The Massachusetts store that sold the lone winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot said Thursday that it plans to donate its bonus to charity.

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

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The final jackpot and cash option was set at $758 million just before the late Wednesday evening drawing and was based on ticket sales. Almost all winners favor the cash option, which pays significantly less.

Face it, you're nearly certainly not going to win the jackpot, but players have much better odds of one in 25 of winning a lesser prize.

Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million. For a better sense, he suggests people envision the 324 million USA residents.

Federal income taxes will take a 25 percent bite from winnings. The winners are able to claim their winning prize within a full year as the state allows it.

Face it, you're nearly certainly not going to win the jackpot, but players have much better odds of one in 25 of winning a lesser prize.

A $1 million ticket was sold at a Food Lion in Creedmoor, matching all five white balls.



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