A 53-year-old US woman on August 25 claimed that she won the largest single jackpot win in US history – $758.7 million and immediately quit her job of 32 years at a hospital.
According to an AFP report, the woman, identified as Mavis Wanczyk said she played the lottery as a “pipe dream,” never believing that it would one day be possible for her to retire early from the Mercy Medical Center, where she has worked for decades.
“I’ve called up and told them I will not be coming back,” she said at an event hosted by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
Wanczyk selected the winning numbers – including a blend of family birthdays – and bought the ticket from a convenience store in Chicopee.
Powerball called Wednesday’s draw “the highest jackpot won on a single ticket and the biggest lottery prize ever awarded to one single person.”
She now has the choice of taking the jackpot as an annuity spread over 30 years or a one-off cash lump sum of $480.5 million.
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Wanczyk, who has a 31-year-old daughter and 26-year-old son, said she previously been “OK” financially and had yet to work out how to spend her millions, other than paying off the car she bought last year.
She said she now wanted to be alone to “figure out what I want to do.”
The $758.7 million jackpot is Powerball’s highest since a January 2016 world record of $1.6 billion, which was split between three ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee. Each took home $528.8 million.
The winning numbers from Wednesday night’s draw were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, from five white balls, and 4 as the so-called Powerball number on a red ball.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday nights.
–With AFP inputs