The $759 Million Powerball Winner Just Came Forward in Massachusetts
The winner of the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history just came forward in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Mavis L. Wanczyk, 53, was the holder of the single winning Powerball ticket, valued at $758.7 million. The lucky ticket was sold at Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, north of Springfield.
The odds of matching all six numbers in the lottery game is one in 292.2 million.
Wanczyk was joined at the ceremony by her mother and her sisters, who traveled from Chicopee. She then told the story of the moment she realized she had the winning numbers.
Wanczyk, who works at Mercy Medical Center, said she chose the numbers at random, including some birthdays.
"I called [my employer] and told them I will not be coming back," she said.
"The first thing I want to do is I just want to sit back and relax."
She said she selected 4, which was the Powerball number, because it's her lucky Keno number. The store that sold the ticket will receive $50,000 and will donate it to charity, a lottery official said.
The mammoth jackpot accumulated over the course of weeks after 20 straight winner-less drawings.
Watch her comments above.